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LA County to crack down on 'maternity hotels' after spike in complaints




This file photo taken on July 30, 2011 shows four pregnant women relaxing in a coffee shop during a support group meeting at a shopping center in Shanghai.
This file photo taken on July 30, 2011 shows four pregnant women relaxing in a coffee shop during a support group meeting at a shopping center in Shanghai.
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Tucked away in Southern California neighborhoods, like Chino Hills, Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights, are businesses known as maternity hotels. Women travel many miles, mostly from Asia, to reach these boarding houses where they can give birth to babies with automatic American citizenship.

Complaints about these maternity hotels are on the rise and today L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe plans to do something about it.