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Hawthorne Police Department, CA
Thursday May 28th, 2015 :: 04:21 p.m. PDT

Advisory

HAWTHORNE POLICE ARREST TWO IN PROSTITUTION STING NEAR HAWTHORNE HIGH SCHOOL

Acting on tip from a citizen that a business just across the street from Hawthorne High School was engaged in illegal prostitution, Hawthorne Police Detectives today conducted a sting operation and arrested two suspects. The citizen reported that the business, located at 12828 S. Inglewood Avenue, Hawthorne, purported itself as being a massage parlor, but was actually engaged in illegal prostitution. Today, an undercover detective was sent into the business where he was met by a female attendant and escorted to a private room inside the business. After a short wait, another female entered the room and the detective negotiated a sexual act for money. The detective left the business, and when assisting detectives entered the business to arrest the two, both females fled out of a back door where they were taken into custody by assisting units.

Arrested on suspicion of prostitution were Maritsa Alvarenga, 40, from Los Angeles, and Gloria Hernandez, 33, from Gardena. Both are being held in the Hawthorne City Jail in lieu of $2,000.00 bail.

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Hawthorne Police Department, CA
12501 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Hawthorne, CA 90250

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