This is not a good day for the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is worth about $6.6 billion and is a bud of President Trump’s. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the story yesterday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is “not the biggest name involved” in a prostitution case in South Florida. A list of 25 has been released but there are at least 175 more names involved and some are bigger than Kraft.
Trump called the episode “very sad” and said Kraft has “proclaimed his innocence” against charges that he solicited a prostitute in Florida. “It’s very sad. I was very surprised to see it,” the president said. “He’s proclaimed his innocence, totally, but I am very surprised to see it.”
“On Friday morning, police in Jupiter, Florida charged prominent New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft — who is worth an estimated $6.6 billion — with soliciting prostitution at a local spa,” The Daily Wire reported. Local police claim that there is inculpatory video evidence. That’s damning and he was caught doing it at least twice. Police say he was a regular. Again, Kraft has denied he has done anything wrong here. We’ll see.
Kraft, a widow, age 77, has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution per Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr. Evidence was gathered by bodycam video and surveillance over the last several months. The average cost for services at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa is $60-$80. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the sting operations including Homeland Security, the IRS, Jupiter PD, and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Each spa had an average of 1,500 clients a year. That’s staggering.
After the Kraft story surfaced, Schefter let it slip that Kraft is supposedly not the biggest name involved. It’s going to get a lot worse in Jupiter and a lot of people are very nervous down there.
“There are people down there in that area I’m told who say this story is going to heat up and get a lot worse,” Schefter reported. “I don’t mean involving Robert Kraft, I’m talking about with all the human trafficking that has gone on down there, I’m also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida, and we will see what police turn up in the report. But obviously, there’s a situation that’s unfolding here that’s disturbing on a number of levels.”
“We got 25 names today, there are 175 more names coming,” Schefter later said. “Now some will just be regular people whose names we don’t know. But there could be other names that we do know, and that’s how it was explained to me.”
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Schefter finished off by saying, “I was speaking and texting with someone who lives down there, and they told me it’s going to get a lot worse down there, that there will be other people involved, that everyone down there is very nervous right now, that there are people being arrested that are prominent members of society down there.”
The police expect to formally charge about 100 men but it sounds like it could be a lot more. The two Chinese women who owned the day spa have been charged with human trafficking. “Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution, and that a warrant for his arrest is with the state’s attorney’s office and will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts,” Deadspin reported.
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Kraft’s spokesman released a statement that says, “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
“The NFL owner was charged with paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter,” TCPalm reported. “The spa was among 10 shut down in the Orlando area, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in’sexual servitude,’ according to arrest records.”
“Mr. Kraft was said to have patronized a spa called Orchids of Asia in Jupiter, a small storefront business in a strip mall that also includes a nail salon, a surf shop, and a Thai restaurant,” The New York Times wrote. “The police said Mr. Kraft visited twice, dropped off by a driver. The mall, anchored on one end by an Outback Steakhouse, is near lushly landscaped gated communities — and less than five miles from Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.” Fair enough, but this has nothing to do with Trump.
This investigation has been going on for six to eight months. It “revealed human traffickers were luring vulnerable girls to massage parlors in Indian River County, where they were coerced into working as prostitutes.”
“These girls are there all day long, into the evening. They can’t leave and they’re performing sex acts,” Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey said. “Some of them may tell us they’re OK, but they’re not. We know that… even though we may have charges on some of them, we’d rather them be victims.”
“Some of them are trying to make a better life for themselves,” Currey continued. “These people truly are stuck.” I think the term you are looking for here is ‘sex slaves’.
Nearly 200 arrest warrants have been issued in the massive human trafficking case across multiple south Florida counties, with Vero Beach police chief David Currey saying that some alleged spa visitors included “business owners, members of the religious community, fathers, uncles, and others.” People of stature are going to go down over all this and it is going to get very messy.