It was just three days before New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft supposedly solicited sex at a massage parlor in Jupiter. Police investigating human trafficking had been watching the place for more than two months. Now they wanted to record what was happening inside.
Police investigated hundreds of massage parlors, but usually low-level massage therapists are arrested. AP — When Florida authorities shut down 10 massage spas last month and charged hundreds of men with buying sex, they broke a longstanding pattern of meting out minor charges and punishment for owners, letting patrons off scot-free and turning a mostly blind eye to signs of human trafficking. Johns usually were not charged at all.
Inspas continue to focus on health, wellness, and stress-release with burgeoning trends such as salt rooms for skin and breathing illnesses, more on-staff medical professionals for the aging population, and quick spa treatments for harried clients. In December, SpaFinder, an online spa industry news and information website, announced their analysis of spas around the world, citing some of the biggest trends we can expect to see in the coming year. More treatments for seniors: Spas such as Canyon Ranch in the US and Old Course Hotel and Spa in St Andrews in the UK are tailoring their offerings for the growing boomer population with on-staff medical professionals, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths.
Many metropolitan police departments routinely conduct raids on spas and massage parlors. These raids, purported to curb human trafficking, have resulted in the arrests of many Asian immigrants. Many have been told by spa proprietors that they are already licensed while others were never made aware of licensing requirements.
By Eliott C. McLaughlinCNN. CNN It's now a sprawling sex trafficking investigation involving many jurisdictions and ensnaring wealthy, powerful suspects, but it began with a health inspector observing curious details suggesting women might be living at a Jupiter, Florida, day spa.
Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of many American communities for decades, hidden in plain sight. But the Florida prostitution sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft this month is a reminder of the human trafficking and abuse taking place behind the darkened windows of many of these storefronts — and how challenging the problems are to address. The case also highlights how police and prosecutors use an increasingly broad range of approaches, including deeper investigations into wider criminal networks, crackdowns on online sites where johns trade detailed sex reviews and enforcement of stricter civil codes on the massage industry, anti-trafficking activists said.
Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, has become the epicenter of a large-scale human-trafficking and prostitution investigation involving multiple spas and massage parlors. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged Friday with two counts of soliciting prostitution. Jupiter police said Kraft paid for sexual services at the spa and that there is video evidence of Kraft in both instances.
Happy endings. Robert Kraft. I came to this country about a decade ago and learned that I had to do anything to survive. We pick up American hypocrisy and double standards really quickly.
The sex sting that authorities say snared Robert Kraft on surveillance video had its origin last summer on a tip to check out the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida, for possible illicit sexual activity, a police probable cause affidavit reports. The Jupiter police investigation lasted six months, culminating in the raid on the spa Tuesday and the release Friday of the identities of Kraft, billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, and 24 other male customers caught on tape. All were charged with soliciting sex acts for money during massage sessions that investigators said in the affidavit involved manual or oral stimulation.
Police allege New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spent a total of 53 minutes at a Florida day spa across two visits -- during which time they say he paid for sex. It took investigators about four months of work -- involving stakeouts, dumpster searches, and the secret installation of video cameras inside the business -- to bust the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter and charge Kraft and other men with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, police say. Kraft's charges, to which he has pleaded not guiltycast a national spotlight on a wider police probe into whether the people who ran that spa and other spas in Florida were involved in sex trafficking -- that is, coerced their employees to engage in sex work.