Portnoy vs Media for Their Take on the Kraft Bust

February 23, 2019
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According to Business Insider, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s prostitution charges on Friday were part of a bust for what police said was a large-scale human-trafficking and prostitution ring in Florida.

Within the ring, women were trafficked and coerced into working as prostitutes in 10 different spas and massage parlors, according to the Vero Beach Police Department.

The police did not identify the number of women considered to be victims in the trafficking ring. Authorities charged at least 173 people with crimes, including human trafficking and soliciting prostitution. Six people are charged with running the ring.

Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. In a statement, he denied he broke the law.

“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” his spokesperson said. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”

As Reported By Sports Illustrated:

Like the scores of other men who were allegedly caught in the sting operation, Kraft is accused of soliciting another person to commit prostitution. He allegedly visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter on two separate occasions, presumably about a month ago per the timeline offered by Kerr. Kerr insists that video evidence confirms that Kraft, who reportedly owns a home in nearby Palm Beach, and the other 24 suspects were involved in sex acts while in a spa. Kraft, like the other suspects, allegedly paid for sexual acts, meaning the acts would not have occurred but for payment. Other details are not yet known but may appear in a forthcoming release of a probable cause affidavit.

A first-time conviction of solicitation is a misdemeanor offense that does not necessarily lead to any jail time. A judge can sentence a person convicted of this offense to up to a year in jail. Other possible penalties include up to a year of probation and a $1,000 fine.

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