Two studies out of Cal State Northridge aim to cut back on prostitution and human trafficking in the San Fernando Valley. Both studies focus on areas along Sepulveda and Lankershim Boulevards.
Researchers released their findings at a press conference on Thursday.
The mixture of cheap motels, dark alleys and heavy traffic made both thoroughfares ideal hubs for human trafficking, according to the studies.
Dr. Henrik Minassians, associate professor of Urban Studies and Planning at CSUN, conducted one of the studies. He and his students watched prostitutes in the valley and followed them from place to place, Minassians told KPCC.
"They don't have the same girl working the same site forever," he said. "They work the same site for a few months and then they take them to a different site. So they literally rotate around the city -- or the county, I should say."
Minassians said solutions as simple as proper street lighting and tree trimming would make a huge difference in lowering the number of working prostitutes in the area. He also recommended the county take care of abandoned buildings and motels along the two corridors.