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Tour L.A. Gangs for $65

Tour L.A. Gangs for $65

Former gang member Alfred Lomas, talks with reporters invited to take an "LA Gang Tour" in Los Angeles on a recent Sunday. The tour promises "hands-on knowledge and experience of the inner city lifestyle." (AP Photo)

The AP and PoliceLink

January 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Visitors to Los Angeles have a new tour option. For those tired of following maps to celebrity homes, LA Gang Tours offers a ride through the city’s gangland. Passengers pay $65 a head and must sign a waiver acknowledging they could become crime victims.

Reformed L.A. gang member Alfred Lomas recently began hosting the tours. He promises “first-hand encounters” with “the top crime scene locations in South Central, Los Angeles.”

Lomas says his group has negotiated cease fire “safe passage” zones with street gangs along tour bus routes.

However, all participants are required to sign a release form before beginning the tour.

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