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NLC Prostitution Cases

 The City first sued the Economy Inn and the National Lodge in December 2010. After the court issued preliminary injunctions in October 2011, the City Attorney’s Office went back to court to seek closure for one year – the maximum amount of time allowed by state law. Community members, police officers and neighborhood advocates testified that the hotels had long histories of allowing and profiting from prostitution, including child prostitution.

In judgments issued August 21, 2012, Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte ordered the National Lodge and the Economy Inn closed for a period of one year – the maximum penalty allowed by state law. The judge also ordered defendants to pay civil penalties and cover the City’s legal and investigative costs related to the cases.


August 15, 2013 Former prostitution hotel sold

March 25, 2013 Letter to the community re: Economy Inn reopening
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Court Documents:

January 3, 2013 Plaintiffs' supplemental opposition to defendants' petition to cancel order of abatement

October 24, 2012 Defendants' petition to cancel the order of abatement and reopen the Economy Inn

Final Judgment Economy Inn

Final Judgment National Lodge

More Information:

August 24, 2012 Court issues final judgments in hotel prostitution cases

June 1, 2012 ABC7 News: Two Oakland hotels closed because of prostitution

May 31, 2012 Statement regarding closure of hotels catering to prostitution

April 19, 2012 Trial of Oakland hotel catering to prostitution to continue Friday -- read the Trial Brief

February 10, 2012 KTVU News: City aims to shut down two problem hotels for allowing prostitution

February 9, 2012 City of Oakland goes to court against two hotels catering to prostitution