Sex Work

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft's Bust Is Being Billed as a Human Trafficking Bust, but It Looks More Like Ordinary Prostitution

It's also part of a larger national attack on massage parlors and sex workers.

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, was charged today in Florida as part of a massage-parlor prostitution enforcement effort there. The 77-year-old NFL team owner is one of more than 150 men accused of soliciting prostitution. Police say they've been investigating the spa he visited, Orchids of Asia Day Spa, since October 2018.

Authorities are calling this a "human trafficking operation," with some media outlets invoking "modern-day slavery." But so far all signs suggest this is just an ordinary anti-prostitution effort.

Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting for prostitution, a misdemeanor. Orchids of Asia's owner, Hua Zhang, was charged with deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping and frequenting a house of prostitution, and procuring for prostitution. All of these are charges that can apply to prostitution-business bosses even when everyone involved consents.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said at a press conference that some of the workers at these spas lived in them and weren't allowed to leave during the day. This is something we frequently hear from police chiefs and county sheriffs at the start of big "sex trafficking busts" that turn out to yield nothing but ordinary prostitution charges. (See, for instance, King County, Washington, cops on Korean sex workers there.)

Police across the country have been ramping up stings at massage parlors, driven by a concentrated effort coming from federal law enforcement (including Homeland Security) and a whole lot of misinformation. In most cases, these investigations don't lead to trafficking charges but do result in arrests for prostitution or people giving massages without a license. In at least one recent high-profile instance, they led to a Chinese sex worker's death.

It's not just undocumented immigrants who face deportation after an arrest in these stings. Prostitution charges can mean deportation even for immigrants here legally.

Florida police shut down Orchids of Asia along with nine other Asian spas and massage parlors around Orlando. The operation includes accusations of prostitution solicitation by 165 men, more than 50 of whom have already been arrested. These men have not been accused of being involved in human trafficking.

Despite some reports referring to the spa workers as "girls," police have not indicated that any employees were actually underage.

Massage parlor workers were also arrested as part of the operation to "help" them, but cops want you to know they wish they had found horrific abuse instead of just sex workers. "Even though we may have charges on some of them, we'd rather them be victims," said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey.

Details on this story are still coming out, and police say charges are still forthcoming, which means it's possible that we'll find more here than currently meets the eye. But at the moment, it looks an awful lot like so many prostitution enforcement operations billed as "saving girls" from trafficking.

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  1. I hope this story has a happy ending.

    1. Save the eighth-grade jokes and the schadenfreude for the next time the Patriots lose in the playoffs. This is not about an old man getting a thrill. It’s about the systematic and intentional destruction of lives for profit.

      Still, if Kraft paid these women for sex, it’s not just gross. It leads to more questions. Did he really think those women were working there voluntarily? Did he tell himself this was a victimless crime? Did he not know or care enough to ask himself whether these women were essentially sex slaves?

      Noted asshole Michael Rosenberg is using this situation to score more dumb anti-Patriots points.

      1. Did he not know or care enough to ask himself whether these women were essentially sex slaves?

        Because any woman who would take money for sex is a slave by definition. Just like any black celebrity who likes Trump is insane by definition.

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      4. This prostitution bust highlights our countries priorities.

        1) Stopping young women from making money by having sex.

        2) Deciding once and for all if a football player can kneel during the national anthem.

        248) Discouraging young men from making money playing football for the amusement of old men who like to watch them give each other concussions as they battle it out on the playing field.

        1. And 249) same as 248, but paid only by a college scholarship, not real money

          1. Far more crucial than any of this is the need to stamp out the scourge of criminal “parody” that has been threatening the moral fabric of our society. See the documentation of our nation’s leading criminal “satire” case at:

            https://raphaelgolbtrial.wordpress.com/

            And, incidentally, wherever there is prostitution there is trafficking. Saying “oh, but there was no trafficking involved” is like saying “oh, it was just parody, it was just for fun, the troll didn’t actually intend to say something serious and damage the reputation of one of our most distinguished NYU department chairmen.” Everybody knows that this sort of nonsense is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated.

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  2. From what I understand, Asian massage parlors are infamously bad about the trafficking thing. Strictly control what their employees can do, etc. This is from other “adult” masseuses. They’ve said, for years, that Asian parlors are exceptionally sketchy. Other spas are not bad and tend to have some fairly firm limits on what the women can/cannot do (i.e, penetration tends to be a no-no, the client tends to have to request a massage of their junk by placing their hands there when they ask if they need a massage anywhere else, no discussion of what is and is not allowed outside of the massage room, etc), but the owners tend to be fairly shitty and the parlors that are more prostitution rings than happy endings joints tend to become so obvious about it they get busted easily.

    I can buy trafficking here from what I understand. Which is third hand as I have never even seen a massage parlor like that.

    1. From what I understand

      From what I understand clearly know from lots and lots of experience.

      1. I would have zero problems admitting to it if I had any experience. My dick is open for business that any woman who can handle the business.

        …but the only massages I’ve had have been, sadly, professional.

        1. Whatever you say, not an expert who is clearly an experienced expert.

        2. Were you expecting something else at Massage Envy?

          Why are you sorry. Your neck, hip or back hurt. If it did not help and what you really wanted was sex, then get a girlfriend or whatever you prefer.

          1. I have a wife. So, if I want sex, yes, I need to find a girlfriend or hooker.

        3. Yes, all. The attractive massage theorists who have worked on me never had wandering hands.

          Goddamn teases. Clearly lesbians.

    2. If the girls are foreigners they might just hold onto their passports. Fairly common occurrence.

    3. This is in Florida. Congratulations on closing 0.1% of the massage parlors in the State. The only reason why this location in this sweep is significant is because it’s in Jupiter; Kraft might be one of the least famous people they will reveal visited the joint.

      1. Time to stock up on dark glasses and fake moustaches

      2. I was wondering about that. The fact that so many prominent/?berwealthy customers were frequenting this one shitty little massage parlor in Jupiter, FL seemed bizarre to me. But perhaps, as the saying goes, “Location, Location, Location”.

        I guess, as Hugh Grant taught us years ago, there are a lot of guys who have a fetish for “gutter sex”, and maybe going to the dumpy massage parlor is part of the thrill (as opposed to contacting some established, high-end call girl and having her come to your secure location, like you’d assume someone worth millions might do). Might also seem more anonymous, though obviously risky in different ways.

    4. So if I understand you correctly we need to get rid of the social stigma and make prostitution legal so if one “massage parlor” is treating their employees poorly those employees are free to change employers or set up shop for themselves. If that’s the case we agree.

      In this particular case, I’d guess that the cops had already had someone on the inside and asked “who’s your most famous client?” When they heard it was Kraft the cops and DA just started licking their chops at the juicy headlines. Why else would it take six months? They were waiting to grab Kraft.

  3. “Solicitation”

    I really don’t see how asking a question or making an offer can legally be illegal.
    Clear violation of 1a.
    It would have been nice for Reason to discuss this aspect, but I fear all we’ll get are appeals to emotion about their pet issues

    1. Seems like the problem is more with the underlying “crime”. I think that soliciting someone to commit murder, for example, should be illegal. But murder is a real crime. I’d say that the problem is more that the law wants to poke its nose in the private business of consenting adults.
      Of course, in cases of actual coerced prostitution, it’s a different moral situation. Obviously it’s a real crime to force someone to have sex. But I don’t think interfering with the transactions between consenting adults helps the situations of people who may be forced into things they don’t want to do.

      1. Both are a problem.
        At what point does solicitation become conspiracy?
        “I’ll pay you $500 bucks to kill Joe Schmo.”
        “Would you kill Joe Schmo if I paid you $500?”
        Is that a crime?
        Should that be a crime?
        If so, I don’t see how the SNL babe who offered oral sex for someone to punch the Covington Catholic kid in the face isn’t guilty of solicitation to commit aggravated assault (we’ll ignore the prostitution aspect, as I think we agree there).
        If one goes on to agree to a deal and then make explicit plans, then you might have a case for conspiracy to commit murder. If the murder happens, then you have a case for murder.
        In either case, the crime isn’t the question or offer – it’s the explicit acts taken in furtherance of that crime.
        So if Kraft asks for a hand job in exchange for money, or offers money for a hand job, and is turned down, how can that be a crime?
        (I assume Kraft wasn’t turned down and that the act and exchange took place, but I’m questioning the hypothetical aspect – the asking/offering absent consummation)

        1. All great law school exam questions.

          But to be clear: conspiracy involves two or more planning to commit a crime. Conspiracy is always a felony, even if the crime in question is a misdemeanor. “Explicit acts taken in furtherance of the crime” are called “overt acts” and are not the crime but ordinarily are required to prove the conspiracy and need not themselves be criminal. For example, Joe and Shmo agree to break and enter a home to rob it; Joe goes to the hardware store to buy a crowbar to break the window. That would be an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy though not in and of itself illegal.

          “I’ll pay you $500 to kill Joe Schmoe” is an outright solicitation for murder. “Would you kill Joe Schmoe if I paid you $500” is not yet a solicitation but a mere inquiry and therefore not yet criminal.

          In this case, if Kraft asked the masseuse to perform an illegal act, that is solicitation (asking another to perform an illegal act). If the other turns him down he has still engaged in solicitation. If the other took him up on his offer (so to speak) then we have gone from solicitation to prostitution and the crime of solicitation is merged into the greater offense.

          As for the SNL babe, that would not add up to anything since even the most casual observer would know that (a) she could not possibly be serious, and (b) nobody in his right mind would take her up on it.

          1. Thank you for the informative response.
            I have to disagree not with the legal opinion, but with the law. Neither the offer to provide payment for a criminal act should not be illegal, nor the request for such. I understand using the “should” word is lame, but I just see this as a violation of the spirit of 1a. If overt acts are taken, fine. If the offer is accepted but no exchange has been made, I’m less sure of whether that *should* be criminal. But it just seems wrong that asking a question or making an offer, no matter the content, is in and of itself a crime.
            I imagine someone at some point has made an appeal on this basis?
            And if solicitation could not be a standalone criminal violation, then it couldn’t be added as a stack of charges – wouldn’t conspiracy to commit X (in this case, prostitution) cover the issue?

            As far as the SNL tart, I guess it’s proper for a jury to decide her seriousness. But how can a standard of “I wasn’t serious” be reasonably and evenly applied (absent action beyond the initial statement)? This seems an overbroad area to exploit arbitrary application of the law.

          2. But to be clear: conspiracy involves two or more planning to commit a crime. Conspiracy is always a felony, even if the crime in question is a misdemeanor.

            So … it’s a felony when two guys make plans to tip over a cow?

            1. I think clearly yes. Though such activities are really best done spontaneously anyway. Planning it seems so anal.

            2. It’s a felony for two guys to plan to steal a penny from the ‘need one, take one’ bowl.

              Wow! The law are an ass.

        2. Damn Nardz now do Trump Tower Moscow and the $40 million Putin penthouse bribe.

          1. You’re a silly bitch.

    2. It is illegal, because people in power made it illegal. You can offer a woman who is massaging you $20 to massage one extra part of your body and if you are caught and prosecuted for that, you can be locked up for a year in jail in Florida.

      1 year in prison for offering a woman $20 extra to massage your penis, in addition to the rest of your body.

      It seems amazing to me, but that’s humanity for you. That’s what people want.

      1. That’s what some people want.

        1. That’s what a fucked up coalition of Jesus freaks and progressives freaks want. We must name the enemy.

        2. Some people just want their penis massaged.

  4. “It’s not just undocumented immigrants who face deportation after an arrest in these stings. Prostitution charges can mean deportation even for immigrants here legally.”

    “Prostitution charges [convictions]”, amirite?

    I don’t think we deport people for being charged with a crime, and I don’t see why immigrants should receive special treatment before the law. We, presumably, also deport legal immigrants if they’re convicted of selling drugs, too. Even if that shouldn’t be a crime, it is, and if the American people want resident visas to be contingent on the immigrant not being convicted of a crime, then that’s probably the way it should be.

    We have an ongoing congressional and legal challenge to President Trump’s emergency declaration that’s based in part on Congress’ enumerated power to set the rules of naturalization, and it would be hard to support that argument on the basis of the separation of powers out of one side of our mouths and then say, out of the other side, that Congress shouldn’t have any say on whether a prostitution conviction means an immigrant’s visa is revoked.

    1. I don’t think the point is so much about whether immigrants should be treated specially as it is about pointing out yet another way in which laws against victimless crimes screw things up for lots of people. If there weren’t so many bullshit crimes, I don’t think many would be complaining about deporting immigrants who are convicted of doing actual harm.

      1. Yeah, I’ll but that victimless “crime” is absurd, but it isn’t more absurd for being applied to legal residents than illegal immigrants–especially when it’s also a crime for natural born citizens.

  5. Separation of body and state.

    1. Separation of big head and little head.

      1. Separation of money from wallet

  6. Why didn’t he just hire Kamala Harris?

    -jcr

    1. Ewww.

    2. He wanted to maintain an erection.

  7. You would think Kraft knew a thing or two about being taped unwittingly…

  8. Since Kraft has now been busted for engaging in international sex trafficking, can they asset-forfeiture his ass and sell Roger Goodell to the Mexican Wrestling Federation or does Kraft get to keep him?

    1. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure the idiots on social media are going berserk over the assumption that Kraft is being targeted because he’s friends with Trump. That’s on stage right.

      Stage left is probably along the lines of: What did Kraft know?!

      Mueller better put off submitting his final report to the AG, next week–at least until he gets to the bottom of what Kraft and Trump discussed on the phone in regards to their sex trafficking ring!!!

      1. I thought it was GHW Bush who had the sex trafficking ring? Or who were those gay escorts renting out the Lincoln bedroom?

        1. No, it was Lincoln renting out his bush.

          1. They nixed the plans to add gore to the party, because they didn’t want it to become a snuff film.

        2. I thought Bill Clinton did with some British royal who an island or something. These conspiracies get so confusing.

          1. Clinton is know FOR REAL to have gone to Jeffrey Epstein’s island, which was basically a vacation home he frequently used to nailing underage folks. That is not a conspiracy. Whether Clinton ever banged some underaged beaver is not proven… But come on, it’s Slick Willy. We all know he did.

        3. No GHW was clean, it was Clinton and W! GHW just liked killing people, not fucking them.

      2. I don’t know about that, but I’m sure the idiots on social media are going berserk over the assumption that Kraft is being targeted because he’s friends with Trump. That’s on stage right.

        Is this similar to the claim that “conservatives” were having a conniption over the AOC dancing video?

    2. What seems more likely is the NFL invoking its “morals” clauses and forcing Kraft to sell the franchise, along the lines of baseball’s infamous Marge Schott episode of years back.

    3. Sell Goodell to a local VFW somewhere. He can serve drinks and clean the bathrooms. He can even kneel while cleaning the toilet, since he’s so fond of kneeling.

  9. “Deflated balls” takes on a whole new meaning

    1. How? Did he bring a soft football with him and ask his massage lady to do something with it?

      1. Come on man. That was a solid joke. You’re killing me

        1. Chipper morning eunuch just sucks.
          He sucks so much.
          Not only is he unable to make a funny joke himself, he has to ruin those of others.

          Stop trying, eunuch

        2. Come on man. That was a solid joke. You’re killing me.

  10. This is a difficult issue for me. Of course as a libertarian I oppose arresting prostitutes or johns. At the same time, I despise the entire Patriots organization because I’ve heard some of its key figures support Drumpf. So maybe he deserves to have his named dragged through the mud.

    1. Brady and Kraft don’t necessarily support Trump, politically. Trump is an evil a$$hole, but he’s also a party guy and he was probably fun to be friends with if you are another rich dude. So they are friends with him over many years and not hardcore Republicans.

      1. “…So they are friends with him over many years and not hardcore Republicans.”

        So they are tolerated in polite society? Is that what you’re saying?

      2. And then we have:
        “Trump is an evil a$$hole”
        Have you attempted to find treatment for your TDS, or are you just an asshole?

      3. Trump is awesome, and brings lots of pain to the communist insurgency called the democrat party.

      4. Mr. Trump was never a Republican, until he decided to run for POTUS. Even now, some of his biggest enemies are in GOP leadership. Are you characterizing him as someone who was a “hardcore Republican” over many years?

    2. No. As I said in my other post I don’t like the team. But because he runs a team I don’t like and he voted for Trump, and I don’t like Trump either, we should violate his rights to privacy and support prosecution of a crime that shouldn’t even be a crime? No way.

  11. DID ANYONE MAKE THE “EMPTYING BALLS” JOKE YET?

    1. “First!”

  12. Authorities are calling this a “human trafficking operation,”

    More likely the guy is a widower and went to get a hand job. Fucking leave the guy alone.

    1. Amen.

      Why do these fascists get a hardon fucking over an old guy who just wanted to satisfy a normal human urge? It’s seriously f’d up.

      1. Why do the fascists hurt us? Hold me bro.

      2. Progs want to go back to the tradition of wealthy men getting trophy wives as they get older. It’s renting verse buying.

    2. I believe he is a widower, but now has been dating a woman in her 30s for about 5 years. Then again, maybe he did just go to get a quick handy.

  13. Time to acknowledge it’s just part of the perpetual flight of discomforting terms to other discomforting terms. Prostitution is now dysphemized as human trafficking. Sex is weird-phemized as gender. Peace is war as much as war is peace.

      1. That seemed too coherent to be Hihn, but I recall that we had this conversation before and you were right, so I’m gonna tentatively accept your pronunciation of Hihnship.

        1. Yes, he could be a Hihnfaggot.

  14. Two guys I work with are in their late-mid 20s.
    Pretty average, typical dudes.
    One is from Kansas, so huge Jayhawks basketball fan and likes the Chiefs. I think he’s a Cubs fan too. Worked with Americorps before coming here.
    The other is from PA, big Jets and Mavericks fan, plays fantasy football, skates, and likes beer and music.
    Neither are particularly dumb or smart. One real clean cut, the other long haired and tatted.
    Point of the above bios is, these are rather apolitical, regular guys. Both lean left so far as voting goes, but are only superficially informed, but don’t pay that much attention.
    Oh and, perhaps relevant, both have live-in girlfriends…

    So I was very disappointed today when this topic came up and I expressed my objection to prostitution being illegal and judged harshly. Both reacted incredulously and thought my position was ridiculous.
    So I say, “c’mon – your body, your choice. Same as moving someone’s couch for a few bucks, or driving them from A to B.”
    Both insisted that “it’s totally different! And it’s illegal!”

    Sad.

    1. Whorehouses help build the old West. Would be interesting to know how pervasive they were in the founding fathers’ stomping grounds.

      1. Ben Franklin in Paris!!

    2. Your coworkers aren’t that bright. You are smarter than they are, which isn’t that difficult, given a huge % of the population.

      And be careful with expressing solid, rational, socially incorrect views at work. Those guys could be in the break room telling your other coworkers how you “defended sex trafficking” or some other nonsense. You know how many people are…dumb and evil.

      1. Unfortunately I totally agree . You can’t express opinions like this at work in the age of outrage.
        Which is bullshit.

        1. “Unfortunately I totally agree . You can’t express opinions like this at work in the age of outrage.”

          Near SF several weeks ago, a restaurateur twitted (I prefer that term) that he wouldn’t serve anyone with a MAGA hat. He did later walk it back. A bit.
          It’s not only work in a place like SF.

          1. I would get a flash mob all with MAGA hats to show up for lunch there.

        2. It’s best to phrase it as a question: Do you think prostitution should be illegal?

          Then you can gage your comment more carefully.

    3. Very sad. The Republican/Democrat prism doesn’t always capture the divide or the agreement.

    4. Both insisted that “it’s totally different! And it’s illegal!”

      How do they feel about weed? Which is illegal, federally.

      And are they aware that in many places in the world, and even in rural Nevada, prostitution isn’t illegal?

  15. I believe “girls” is a shortening of “working girls” rather than a comment on what Jimi Hendrix called the “age of whatchamacallit.” Only South Korea and a handful of Moosulman holdovers from the Ottoman Empire have a wrinklier age of consent than These States and Dominions. Even Iceland and Sweden, both of which joined America in the altruistic experiment of making beer a federal crime, allow ladies to make up their own minds at 15. And everywhere not governed by Islamic States, “former” communist dictatorships or mystical satraps takes a victimless free-market approach instead of gangs of goons with guns. How else would they collect all the tax money they covet?

    1. Even in a field crowded with Hihn’s and Kirkland’s, leave it to Hank to deliver the most WTF comment of the thread.

      1. Hank just wants to fuck little kids. While watching videos of live birth abortions, so he can get it up.

  16. So far, he’s only been charged with a non-trafficking-related misdemeanor. One might think that if the authorities have been doing this big investigation they’d know if these ladies were enslaved or not.

    I would presume that there is still slavery going on in some places, whether sex slavery or agricultural, etc. It would be too convenient if it all disappeared after becoming illegal.

    This doesn’t mean I accept all the statistics thrown around on this subject, or that I think there’s something inherently more slavery-ish with sex slavery as compared to the other kinds.

    1. You can get locked up in prison for a year in Florida for soliciting prostitution…so “misdemeanor” is not very minor.

      1. Hmmm…I remember the Florida prison scenes in *Requiem for a Dream.* Scary. At least the guy can presumably afford a good lawyer.

    2. There is still slavery all over the world- Africa, Middle East, India, Haiti etc. Slavery almost always includes sex because people feel they can do what they want with their property. Slavery is the crime though. If a woman is held against her will for anything and treated as property, then it’s wrong.

      So if you find a massage parlor holding women and not letting them leave or do what they want and forcin them to have sex, then charge them with whatever crimes are considered part of slavery. (I don’t know if “having a slave” is a crime in and of itself or if it’s broken down into things like kidnapping, false imprisonment etc.) Unfortunately, we only like to think that the only slaves that every were were black slaves in the American south so to call anything else slavery is damaging to that narrative.

  17. Wife had a audible (drink!) news feed on her machine.
    Young man’s voice, nearly breathless, reporting Kraft was busted for ‘soliciting sex’ (hiring a prostitute), then some vague comments ‘something, something, sex trafficking’ and then:
    “Again, Robert Kraft, billionaire owner of the New England Patriots and A FRIEND OF PRESIDENT TRUMP!”

    1. I wonder if he’s a friend of Bubba…

    2. He owns a mansion and a yacht!

  18. What, no comments on the obvious racism here?

    Maybe he will plea bargain down to assault with a dead weapon – – – – –

  19. I heard it reported on Fox radio as misdemeanor solicitation uncovered during the course of a human trafficking investigation. The website Huffington Post played up the trafficking part in their headline in a misleading way. I was taking note.

    1. You mean a leftist propaganda rag distorted the truth? I would never have imagined such a thing.

  20. Legalize it. The reasons women can be trafficked is that the prostitutes are committing a crime. They can’t get help, because they would be arrested and treated like criminals. This whole bust, lol, is a joke, because everyone knows Florida is full of places like this. In addition, this story is rude to put this mans business out there, and I Hate the Patriots. The football team , not people like Sam Adams, brewer and patriot. Doesn’t mean I think he deserves this. Isn’t there some real crime going on in Florida that needs attention?

    1. Meh.
      Only like 7 people got shot in Jacksonville last weekend.
      Jacksonville, surprisingly, seems to be more violent than Atlanta. Either that, or they just report it on the radio more often

  21. Here we go with the outrage and over the top comments. Human trafficking???? Yeah, no.

    1. “Here we go with the outrage and over the top comments. Human trafficking???? Yeah, no.”

      You oughta check up-thread. No one, so far, is giving the ‘trafficking’ claim any more than it’s due: Zero.

      1. I’m sure they were stuck in traffic at some point.

  22. Bro you’re a billionaire and you’re going to a rub and tug?

    1. Only while he’s waiting for his lifelike sexbot to be finished.

      There was some confusion at first when he wanted the robot to be named “Pat.”

    2. Maybe he’s cheap?

    3. “Bro you’re a billionaire and you’re going to a rub and tug?”

      Yamamoto had a fave geisha; any reason you should question Kraft’s choice?

      1. Yeah a geisha that’s what I’m talkin bout!

        1. I’m sure that’s sarc.

          1. No. A highly trained geisha is exactly who a 77 year old billionaire widower should have as a companion.

            1. Agree. Unless the dude just likes randoms, I guess, I can’t imagine why he’s not trolling these “Sugar Daddy” sites for some perfectly willing college babe who will pretend like it’s a real relationship for a couple grand a week.

              Well, OK, maybe he’s just cheap. I guess becoming a billionaire probably involves some level of fiscal responsibility.

              1. Odds are he probably doesn’t feel the need for a full time mistress… But he had an itch? I saw reported somewhere that he had a girlfriend now, although I don’t know about at the time of this event taking place.

      2. Kraft should just keep a few sexual servants on the payroll.

  23. Aside from the well deserved not the happy ending he was hoping for jokes the real travesty is why a man of his means is visiting strip mall massage shops.

    I mean they should be coming to him, not the other way around. With his wealth and stature he should have been way smarter about it. Plus it’s a heck of a lot more convienent for him

    I do wonder if the filming was done by Belichick’s staff…

    1. coming to him
      Phrasing.

    2. The thrill. Maybe he gets off on the sleaziness of it all.

    3. And presumably his driver who picks them up will “disappear” them afterwards, too? Ain’t nothin’ more fancy Nor’east librul elite than a good ol’ murder for vanity’s sake.

  24. To sum up:
    1) Any claims of ‘sex trafficking’ are so far nothing other than arm-waving. Nothing presented to the public so far suggests other than a guy visiting a brothel.
    2) The guy is not cheating on his wife, as did Bubba (complicit in Jewish sex trafficking?); he’s a widower.
    3) Yeah, he could afford to have hooker X show up at the hotel with little notice, but for all we know, he’s got a crush on one of the gals working at the brothel and prefers that.
    So, Jupiter cops, please go back to stealing sugar doughnuts; the world will be a better place.

    1. Man, I HATE to be sympathetic to anything that includes Brady, but he coulda’ prevented it by suggesting Gisele make a little whoopie.

    2. Let’s start here:
      “Billionaire Friend of Trump Involved in Sex Trafficking!!!”

      Now let’s get honest about what should not have been a news story at all:
      “77 year old widower pays for sex in a brothel”

      1. That just makes it sound sad, the first version sounds salacious and deliciously nasty.

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  27. “…Massage parlor workers were also arrested as part of the operation to “help” them, but cops want you to know they wish they had found horrific abuse instead of just sex workers. “Even though we may have charges on some of them, we’d rather them be victims,” said Vero Beach Police Chief David Currey….”

    Elizabeth. A generally good bit of writing. But why lie about the cops hoping there was horrific abuse? It is completely clear that what David Currey was saying was that he felt bad about having to charge the women. Yes, he did couch it in a sloppy way–that if the women were purely victims then they would of course not have been charged. But you deliberately (incompetently??) interpreting it as cops evilly hoping for horrible abuse? . . . well, that’s just dishonest of you.

    But I did like the rest of the article. Just try for 100% honesty next time, rather than 99% honesty.

  28. When will the US get its head out of its ass and legalize prostitution like the rest of the civilized world. When will this country learn you cannot legislate sex?

    All prohibition does is give the black market a great deal to profit from.

    1. Most of the world has not legalized prostitution.

  29. The guy is 77 years old, a widower and sure he could afford to pay a discreet high-end prostitute a lot more Kennedy style to sneak in back doors, but all for a hand job that takes less than 90 seconds at his age? This is Patriots philosophy. Get in, run the play, score, go home.

    I am only interested in two opinions on this (1) Tom Brady (2) Charles Barkley

  30. Well, of course if prostitution is illegal, sex workers can’t have the rights any other employee has, and are open to exploitation.

    1. Another aspect of this–so the girls are being exploited in this country and even though they may be here on legal visas, they could be deported for criminal behavior. Do you imagine they are going to go back to Thailand and change careers? (Actually they will, but in that culture it is maturing out of it as it becomes economically necessary to find real work.)

      1. they will eventually, as they become unmarketable

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  36. So the only part that sounds dicey is that some of the women lived there– but hey, that iPhone in your pocket came from a Chinese factory which also houses its workers. And many of us aren’t allowed to leave our workplace during the day! Now, if they were forcibly restrained, that’s something else. But the police didn’t say that, did they?

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  39. Legal in the State of Nevada (except for Washoe and Clark Counties) Regulated,safe environment for those who CHOOSE to be involved. The attitude of the lawmakers was that this form of commerce was revenue positive for the State. The alternative is what is seen in the article I just read and without a doubt, much worse.

  40. These massage girls were all over the age of 35 and earning over $100,000 per year tax free… The managers and owners of these spas were not charged with trafficking , but were charged with engaging in prostitution because these owners also worked at the spas to service the men. There is zero evidence of trafficking , the women who massaged Kraft were licensed massage therapists. They do not claim to be slaves. The cops are lying again about trafficking. No evidence of trafficking , despite a 6 month investigation with months of video surveillance , no charges of trafficking.

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  42. Your confusion is understandable, but this blog is called The Volokh Conspiracy.

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