Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty.
Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets.
City prosecutors would work with police to impound the cars of customers. In the case of first-time offenders, an eight-hour "john school" would be offered in return for a plea agreement.
Sex for money is not a victimless crime, Martinez said, saying it poses serious quality-of-life problems for nearby residents.
"I'm a walker, and when I go on my morning walks, I'll see four or five girls just parading around the corner,'' he said. "It's not uncommon for me to see traffic tie-ups with the johns trying to pick up the prostitutes."