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Jan 17, 2010 10:52 AM by Associated Press

For $65, tourists get peek at Los Angeles gangland

Only miles from the scenic vistas and celebrity mansions that draw sightseers from around the globe, a bus tour is rolling through the dark side of Los Angeles.

Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America.

LA Gang Tours is trying to build a thriving venture that provides a glimpse into gang life while also trying to convince people that gang-plagued communities are not as hopeless as movies depict.

More than 40 people brushed aside safety concerns for Saturday's maiden tour to hear how notorious gangs got started.

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