Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was charged with two counts of soliciting sex at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida. The police has video of the NFL owner, along with more than two dozen additional customers.
In a statement, the Patriots “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”
Kraft is not married. His wife died of cancer in 2011.
Criminal charges were also brought against John Havens, former president and chief operating officer of Citigroup; and John Childs, founder of the private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates.
“This is not about lonely old men or victimless crime,” State Attorney Dave Aronberg of Palm Beach County said. “This is about enabling a network of criminals to traffic women into our country for forced labor and sex.”
human trafficking and prostitution
A health inspector discovered women living in the day spa, sleeping on massage tables and cooking meals on hot plates in the back. An eight month investigation was launched, uncovering a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking and prostitution operation.
The police believe the women were lured from China with promises of new lives and real jobs. Instead, they became trafficking victims, in some cases being forced into unprotected sex with 1,000 men a year.
The police charged several women who appeared to be running the business with racketeering, money laundering and prostitution.
The commissioner of the NFL is tasked with disciplining both players and owners for “conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.”
The Patriots have had past clashes with commissioner, most recently including punishments for deflating footballs below regulation size for competitive advantage.
Kraft, owner of one of the most successful franchises in league history, sits on the board that determines the commissioner’s salary.
Should prostitution should be decriminalized? If there are two consenting parties, should it be considered a misdemeanor?
NOTE: In the Kraft case, there was human trafficking involved, meaning there were NOT two consenting parties.