HUMANS OF LODGING

On the Front Line of the Sex-Trafficking Battleground

Vipul Dayal is an hotelier in San Diego, California. More importantly, he is a husband and father of three children. He strives to protect his family from the type of childhood he experienced growing up in a small motel along a street rampant with sex crime. 

When he was a youngster helping his father run a property in Dallas, Texas, in the 1980s, Vipul thought the prostitutes he saw every day wanted to do this. When he became a man, he realized this is not a life choice for most. He also learned many of the sex slaves are children. 

“San Diego was ranked by the FBI as one of the top 13 high-intensity cities for child prostitution,” Vipul wrote in an online blog for AAHOA in 2016. “As a father of three children, this statistic really stood out to me. Kids being sold for sex are not prostitutes; they’re rape victims.”

Harry Hines Boulevard in Dallas, Texas, is a main thoroughfare in the city’s north end. Vipul Dayal grew up in a motel along the boulevard, which was nicknamed “Hooker Hines” by local businesses and residents because of high-level of prostitution that took place there in the 1970s and 1980s. Dayal lives in San Diego where he owns and manages hotels and part of a citywide effort to combat sex trafficking.

Once he became established as a San Diego business leader, Vipul decided to do something about it. 

He volunteered to work with the San Diego Hotel/Motel Human Trafficking Awareness Partnership Initiative, which had teamed up with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. 

Vipul is president of VNR Management Inc., a hospitality development and management company that owns and manages six hotels. It also does third-party management. 

He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Like most next-generation hoteliers, Vipul explored other professions but settled on the hotel business. 

“With my long-standing presence in the industry comes a degree of influence on others, and I am making it a priority to fight human trafficking,” he said.

While most large hotel chains have instituted human-trafficking training for employees, smaller and independent properties miss out on such programs. Vipul visits the hotels and motels that are members of the human-trafficking awareness partnership to oversee the staff training. “Our goal is to educate hotels so they are well-versed in defense against human traffickers.”

To learn more about San Diego’s effort to fight human trafficking and train hoteliers, visit http://www.safeactionproject.org/.

READ: HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Labor and sex slavery happens in hotels every day

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