Mission Valley motel cracking down on prostitution
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The owners of the Travelodge motel in Mission Valley
have agreed to increase security measures to thwart prostitution activity, the
San Diego City Attorney's Office announced.
Mission Valley Travelodge Joint Venture and WW Lodging Ltd. are to hire
onsite security guards and reimburse the city of San Diego more than $18,000 in
investigative costs, according to the deal reached last week.
The partnership that owns and manages the motel at 1201 Hotel Circle S.
already have installed more security cameras, posted signs to deter criminal
activity and improved registration policies to include the photocopying of all
guest and visitor identification cards and registering of all guest and visitor
vehicles, the City Attorney's Office said.
“Tourism is one of San Diego's largest industries, guests to our city
should feel safe and secure during their stay,” said City Attorney Jan
Goldsmith. “Our office will continue to combat illegal activity such as
prostitution and will work diligently to hold business owners accountable and
clean up neighborhoods.”
Legal documents show that San Diego police detectives found numerous
females advertising themselves for sex on websites who directed them to the
motel between November 2011 and early February last year, resulting in 20
arrests for prostitution-related crimes, including pimping and human
One arrested pimp had $20,000 in cash in his car, according to the
Another 93 calls for to the SDPD for service were logged during that
period, consuming more than 222 hours of personnel time. Officers didn't see
security guards or surveillance cameras at the hotel, the complaint said.
The complaint said hotel management placed the name of each arrested
person on a “do not rent” list, but failed to make structural or management
changes. However, the City Attorney's Office said motel management has been
responsive and cooperative since the legal process started.
In an agreement signed by Superior Court Judge Lisa Schall, the motel
operators will also have to increase the required deposit for all rooms rented
with cash and limit visitor hours to 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.