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Hostess Club Bust Nets 88 Arrests

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, at 02:14PM
Club 907 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Police line the front of Club 907 on Friday night during an operation that resulted in 87 arrests.

A three-month investigation into conduct at a South Park hostess club climaxed with 88 arrests on Friday night, on charges that included prostitution, lewd conduct, gambling and the use of counterfeit IDs.

81 of those arrested were females working in the club.

Nearly two dozen LAPD units served a search warrant at Club 907 before 10pm on Friday evening. Sgt. Doug Humphrey, commanding officer of Central Division's vice unit, said today that officers found more than 400 people inside the club at 9th and Hill. Humphrey said that officers did not clear the scene until 9:30am.

A conditional use permit (CUP) from 2007 appears to allow only 250 people inside at once.

On Friday night, many male patrons clustered near the club after being searched and released by the officers.

The majority of the arrests were for the use of counterfeit IDs, including for employment. Employees of the club, which advertises having more than 160 girls on a small sign outside its door, are required to bring valid California ID with them to work under the terms of the CUP.

The club has operated at the site since April of 1987. blogdowntown observed it in operation the night after the arrests.

Hostess clubs do not feature nudity, but instead offer patrons the chance to choose a girl to dance and sit with them. According to rates posted on the door, Club 907 charges $30 per hour, discounted to $27 on Thursdays. Fridays are advertised to feature a "bikini show" and $1 admission, discounted from $5. The club, like most Downtown hostess clubs, does not serve alcohol.

Friday's operation was led by Central Division, but included officers from Hollenbeck and Rampart.

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