- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County is tightening rules governing emergency shelter motels to keep them from being used for child prostitution.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1wId1C1 ) county supervisors on Tuesday moved to require motel operators to undergo training in how to spot sex trafficking. They would also have to allow police or sheriff’s deputies to check their guest registries and post information for occupants on how to report suspicious activity.

Supervisors also agreed to explore the feasibility of raising the per-voucher amount it pays the motels to provide emergency housing for general relief recipients - now $24 a day.

The Department of Public Social Services, which runs the housing program, and the county counsel were instructed to report back to the board within 30 days with a proposed contract.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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