Police close 13 illegal maternity hotels in Arcadia

The Arcadia Police Department has closed 13 maternity hotels in Arcadia since March, World Journal (世界日报) reports. Police are still investigating the Arcadia area for maternity tourism, a business often involving illegal boarding for expectant mothers from other countries. The closures are part of the Arcadia Police Department's push since March to find and shut down maternity hotels, according to Arcadia police officer Colleen Flores. 

Complaints against maternity hotels in Los Angeles County surged in January 2013, with residents filing 64 complaints compared to a total of 15 from the previous five years, the Los Angeles Times reported in January. Many of these complaints came from the San Gabriel Valley, where maternity tourism has been an issue mainly in the Chinese and Taiwanese communities. A case in December 2012 involving a Chino Hills house being used as a 17-room boarding house was highly publicized, as were cases in Monterey Park and San Gabriel in March 2011.

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