HIGHLAND PARK – City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against massage parlor operators and property owners on Figueroa Street and York Boulevard, claiming that the parlors served as fronts for prostitution.
The nuisance abatement lawsuit announced today targets the business as well as property owners at 5740 York Boulevard and 6630 N. Figueroa in Highland Park. Police vice operations have made arrests at both locations in connection with prostitution-related crimes, according to the lawsuit. LAPD officers were also solicited at both sites.
In addition to the Highland Park locations, two other massage parlors and properties in North Hollywood and Wilmington were also named in the lawsuit.
The four massage parlors allegedly advertised prostitution services via websites and followed up with text messages, according to the City Attorney. The lawsuit seeks to shut down the businesses and close the properties for one year.
“We allege these massage parlors are epicenters of illicit activity that exploit women and blights communities,” said Feuer in a statement. “Today we are taking strong action to put a stop to it.”
Today’s lawsuit comes a few years after Eagle Rock residents complained about the proliferation of erotic massage parlors.
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