March 21, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Local Motel Owners
Arrested For Involvement In Prostitution
Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations detectives wrapped up a
2 month investigation that resulted in the arrest of 2 local motel
owners, a motel manager and another man late Wednesday night (March
After noticing a decline in the amount of prostitutes on Polk County's
streets, Sheriff's Office detectives concluded that prostitutes were using
rooms at the Regency Inn, located at 3525 Hwy. 17 N. in Winter Haven, to
conduct their business.
Following the arrest of 2 prostitutes in January 2002, detectives learned
that the owners of the Regency Inn, Gurnam Hayre, DOB 1/6/69, of 3525 Hwy.
17 N. in Winter Haven, and his wife Sarbjit Hayre, DOB 4/1/69, were
allowing prostitutes to rent rooms by the hour so they could perform
sexual acts on clients.
Based on this information, the Sheriff's Office used an undercover female
detective (who posed as a prostitute) to find out if the motel owners were
knowingly renting rooms to prostitutes. During the 2 month
investigation, the undercover detective approached the Regency Inn's owner
and his wife on several occasions and specifically informed them that she
was going perform sexual acts on a client (an undercover male detective)
in the room she was paying for. In fact, Gurnam Hayre informed the
detective that business was good in the area and that she could make a lot
of money by using his facility to perform sex acts on clients. He
then asked the detective for her phone number and how much she charged for
Hayre arranged to meet the Sheriff's Office undercover detective at the
Relax Inn, located at 1433 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, late
Wednesday afternoon. He informed the detective that he wanted her to
commit sex acts on him and a friend, Bimalkumar Trivedi, DOB 5/31/65, of
5617 Harrells Nursery Rd. in Lakeland.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening, the undercover detective
arrived at the Relax Inn and informed the manager, Sujoy Daskundu , DOB
8/20/65, of 1433 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, that she was there to
meet Hayre and a friend. Daskundu was aware of the arranged meeting
and said she didn't need to pay for the room.
After arresting Gurnam Hayre, Trivedi, and Daskundu, detectives located
Sarbjit Hayre at the Regency Inn and took her into custody.
The charges are as follows:
Gurnam Hayre: Deriving Support From Proceeds of
Prostitution (F-3), Renting Space to be used for Prostitution,
Solicitation of Another for Prostitution, and Solicitation of Another for
Prostitution/ Direct to Place
Sarbjit Hayre: Deriving Support From Proceeds of
Prostitution (F-3) and Renting Space to be used for Prostitution
Bimalkumar Trivedi: Entering Building for
Purpose of Prostitution
Sujoy Daskundu: 2 counts of Receive Into
Building for Prostitution