Oakland city attorneys will head back to court Friday seeking to temporarily shut down the Economy Inn motel, which city officials say has long been a hub of prostitution and child sex trafficking.
The city first sued the motel at 122 E. 12th Street near Lake Merritt in 2010 under a law requiring hotel owners to prevent prostitution at their properties. Similar charges were also filed against the National Lodge motel at International Boulevard and East 17th Street.
Last October, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered injunctions against both motels, requiring the owners to install security cameras allowing police to monitor the properties.
Although the cameras have helped reduce violations, the city argues in court papers that it does not have the resources to monitor the cameras and that the motel should be shuttered for a year. The city had recently made a similar request regarding the National Lodge and is awaiting a judge's ruling.
"Closing these businesses for a year is a significant step, but a necessary one," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a prepared statement. "No community in Oakland should have to live with the sex trade as a routine part of their lives."