Even as two more girls have been safely recovered from a life of forced prostitution in Los Angeles County, Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe, whose bailiwick includes Hermosa Beach, wants stiff penalties for those who would use girls as sex workers.
Knabe as well would like to see legislation aimed at prosecuting those who solicit sex from the girls, most often forced onto the streets by unscrupulous criminals who control them, sometimes drug them, into dependency.
To this end, his office has produced an educational video about the child sex trafficking going on in his part of the county.
"It's not just '"over there'" the video graphics read.
According to Hania Cardenas, with the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, one girl can bring a sex trafficker about $140,000 annually; most pimps have several girls in their "stables."
On Saturday, two girls found to be held against their will and forced into prostitution were in protective custody and five adults were
facing possible criminal charges as the result of an investigation by a deputy
and detective from the Los Angeles County sheriff's substation in a Gateway city covered by Knabe.
The victims, one from Missouri and the other from Louisiana, were
recovered Friday afternoon, said Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Modica.