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City cracks down on prostitution at Mission Valley hotel

SAN DIEGO — A Mission Valley hotel must take steps to prevent its rooms from being used for illegal sex, San Diego officials said Thursday.

Howard Johnson hotel in Mission ValleyPolice have made about 18 arrests for prostitution at Howard Johnson Hotel at 1631 Hotel Circle in less than a year, according to the city attorney’s office. As a result, the city got a court injunction requiring the owner,  Hemant Chhatrala, to increase hotel security and change registration policies to prevent prostitution.

Chhatrala will have to hire a 24-hour security guard and install more security cameras. The hotel must require cash deposits on rooms rented with cash, register all guests and their vehicles, photocopy guest identification and compile a “no rent” list of known prostitutes and men who use their services.

As part of the settlement, Chhatrala agreed to pay more than $21,000 to cover the city’s investigation costs.

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12 Comments to “City cracks down on prostitution at Mission Valley hotel”

    DavePretty said:
    February 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Welp, there goes my Friday night.

    BradT said:
    February 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Well, I guess Howard's Johnson will be disappointed !

      Jcard said:
      February 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Nice

    Beavis said:
    February 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    They need to crack down on prostitution in our local government.

    Dapandico said:
    February 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It is racist to make copies of guest identification. What about guests that don't have an ID?

      Mike said:
      February 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      This from the guy who doesn't know the difference between "your" & "you're" !

      FYI – "your" is possesive, means belonging to- "you're" means "you are"!

    Bryan said:
    February 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    There's a massage parlor on every corner but they are messing with HOJO instead.

    Jon said:
    February 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Was the hotel promoting or specifically facilitating prostitution? Seems like they must have been to be fined.

    TJBound said:
    February 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    So much easier to head down to TJ

    me109g4 said:
    February 28, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    San Diego .GOV wasnt getting thier cut,, or freebies. The two oldest and corrupt proffesions at odds with each other and they are so close to being alike.

    Mike said:
    February 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    It's SDPD's job to enforce laws on prostitution, not a hotel or it's owner!! Unless the hotel was providing the prostitutes, or directly involved with the prostitution, I don't see the legal grounds for this! Isn't it likely the numbers are so high because it is the cheapest hotel in Mission Valley ?

    bigDyckdaddy said:
    March 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    yea i was a male escourt i use to go down and bang big old women for money there all the time, my atm is in my pants ,but the mission valley resort is a much better hotel, come on girls looks like we need to move to the four star, hotels dot com

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