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A Los Angeles judge has thrown out extortion charges against the leader of a Mexican megachurch but left in place accusations of child rape and human trafficking. Live look at SoCal: Downtown L. Watch Now. Local News. Weather Traffic U.


The owner, according to state business records, is Kanu Patel. In his four decades handling litigation in the motel industry, Weiser could recall only one other case — that of a motel owner in Long Beach — who faced a felony sex trafficking charge.

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Times Store. Matthew Ormseth. Before ing The Times inhe covered city news and state politics at the Hartford Courant. Zala, rented rooms to sex workers and exacted a cut of their earnings.

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The owner of the motel, the Pomona Lodge, agreed to stop renting rooms by the hour and turn over security footage to law enforcement upon request, among other measures. By Matthew Ormseth Staff Writer.

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Pomona motel to take steps to curtail prostitution, human trafficking, da says

Zala, 25, is charged with four counts of pimping and trafficking a minor for a commercial sex act. All Sections. Pomona prostitutes attorney, Frank A. Two years ago, undercover investigators noticed troubling s at the brown and tan motel on Holt Avenue in Pomona, sandwiched between a health clinic and a Jack in the Box.

One city councilman, who said his own wife had been solicited at a pastry shop on Holt Avenue, lamented that Pomona had become known as a place to buy sex. About Us. B2B Publishing.

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Business Visionaries. In a novel use of consumer protection laws, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Friday that the owner of Pomona motel has agreed to a court settlement that restricts his business and aims to stop sex-trafficking and prostitution at the site.

Times Events. He grew up in Arcadia and graduated from Cornell University.

He pleaded not guilty to all four counts, and his trial is tentatively scheduled to begin later this month.

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For years, Pomona police have taken a victim-centered approach when it comes to addressing human trafficking and prostitution along the busy Holt Avenue corridor.


The undercover prostitution operation was conducted over the last two days and was conducted by the Pomona and Azusa Police Departments and the Baldwin Park Highway Patrol.


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A Pomona motel has agreed to take steps to curtail prostitution and human trafficking on its premises, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Friday.