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Bankrupt Calif. City Becomes Prostitution Magnet

March 02, 2011  | 

Police cutbacks and city budget troubles have helped increase prostitution activity in Vallejo, Calif., reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The city declared bankruptcy in 2008 and became the first California city to declare bankruptcy over entrenched budgetary problems. City officials have had to trim the police force from 155 to 90, leaving the remaining officers with little time to haul in hookers and johns.

As a result, streetwalkers and pimps have come from as far away as Oregon and Mexico to work Vallejo. Turning tricks in Vallejo pays anything from a $2 crack rock, for the most desperate, to $500 a day.

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