Former Motel Clerk Pleads No Contest to Human Trafficking

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POMONA (CNS) - A former Pomona motel employee has been ordered to register for life as a sex offender in connection with his no contest plea to a human trafficking charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced today.

Ravirajsihn Zala, 25, also was sentenced to 18 days in county jail, 60 hours of community service and five years probation following his plea Wednesday to one count of human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Zala -- who worked as a desk clerk -- rented motel rooms to sex workers and demanded a portion and demanded a portion of their earnings from commercial sex transactions between August and September 2018, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Investigators from the District Attorney's Office launched anundercover operation at the Pomona Lodge in early August 2018 after police received numerous complaints about illicit activity, according to the District Attorney's Office.

In early September, District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that the motel had agreed to take steps to curtail prostitution and human trafficking on its premises.

A settlement signed in late August and in effect for four years required the motel's owner to install security cameras at the motel on Holt Avenue, stop renting rooms by the hour, post the Human Trafficking Awareness notice required by law and pay $9,000 in civil penalties and investigative costs.

The case marked the first time the District Attorney's Office used the state's consumer protection laws to confront human sex trafficking in the county, officials said.

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