In FebruaryKraft was charged with dozens of others after authorities from Martin, Indian River and other counties revealed alleged prostitution rings with hundreds of recordings of alleged sex acts performed inside d day spas. The cameras were installed under a false bomb report and then the videos ran continuously for days, recording both those allegedly paying for sex and those receiving non-criminal day-spa massages, according to court documents.
Investigators claimed women came to Florida mainly from Asian countries believing they had legitimate jobs, only to find themselves forced to commit sex acts and live in the spas when not working.
About 60 men will have their cases dropped in Indian River County, but 55 men have already completed diversion programs, according to Assistant State Attorney Steven Wilson on Wednesday. After the arrests, prosecutors and several law enforcement agencies involved said they believed the spas may be linked to wscorts human-trafficking.
In August, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Kraft and the other plaintiffs, saying the videos taken on hidden cameras that allegedly showed him paying for sexual acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter could not be used becah the case against him. On Aug. Florida Charges dropped against Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Florida prostitution sting The NFL owner and Palm Beach resident successfully challenged the video evidence in his arrest in an undercover sting in Jupiter.
In addition, four women who worked at the spas were arrested. Authorities and prosecutors argued the controversial warrants were essential to getting evidence of the prostitution. To date, no one has been charged with human trafficking in relation to these cases, according to court records. Prosecutors ly acknowledged in court that if they were not able to use the video evidence, they were unlikely to proceed in the charges against Kraft and others.
Kraft, along with dozens of others across Palm Beach and several Treasure Coast counties, was arrested on the misdemeanor charges in after several law-enforcement agencies, including Jupiter police, secretly installed hidden cameras inside several massage parlors in an attempt escortts uncover an alleged prostitution ring.