City cracks down on prostitution at Mission Valley hotel

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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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