Friday, February 22, 2019

New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution at Florida spa

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:31 PM

Law enforcement officials in South Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with soliciting prostitution at a Florida spa involved in an international human trafficking case.

TCPalm reports Jupiter Police say they have video footage of the 77-year-old NFL owner paying for sex at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter. Kraft, a Massachusetts resident who reportedly has a house in Palm Beach, has not been arrested yet, but a warrant is pending, according to the Associated Press.

Kraft is one of 25 people charged in Palm Beach, Martin and Indian River counties who allegedly sought sex in 10 spas from the Orlando area down to the Treasure Coast. Women, most from China, lived inside the spas and were kept in "sexual servitude," according to TCPalm.

The Orchids of Asia Day Spa is owned by Orange County resident Hua Zhang, 58, of Winter Garden. She was arrested and charged with deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping a house of prostitution and 26 counts of procuring for prostitution. Two other women, Ruimei Li and Lixia Zhu, both 48, have also been arrested for allegedly managing the spas.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says his deputies found that the women at the spas had no days off, and averaged about eight clients a day for a total of 1,500 men a year, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"The women slept on parlor tables, cooked in the back of the establishment and had no access to transportation," the Sentinel reports.

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