“Heather” is a 38-year-old undercover LAPD officer and mother of two whose blond hair helps her catch johns looking for prostitutes on Sepulveda Boulevard. That strip in Van Nuys has been a street-walker zone seemingly forever, despite occasional crackdowns and a city ordinance that allows seizure of the vehicles driven by men who solicit sex. She has worked Hollywood and the Valley, and tells the Daily News’ Susan Abram that the Sepulveda Boulevard trade is distinct from that over the hill.
In the Valley, the prostitution scene is dominated by drug-addicted women – who Heather bluntly calls “crack whores” – who walk Sepulveda Boulevard. These women don’t bother to dress up. They don’t sell illusions like the hookers in Hollywood.When she works the Valley, Heather gets by in jeans and a sweat shirt.
“Even a blind squirrel can get a nut,” Heather says, because men drive specifically down Sepulveda to pay for sex.