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Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, has become the epicenter of a large-scale human-trafficking and prostitution investigation involving multiple spas and massage parlors. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged Friday with two counts of soliciting prostitution. Jupiter police said Kraft paid for sexual services at the spa and that there is video evidence of Kraft in both instances.
A KRDO special report found that there are 36 massage parlors in the city that have recent reviews specifically outlining explicit sexual acts that can be purchased inside. That's more than there are licensed brothels in the entire state of Nevada. So what do all of the reviews have in common?
Following prostitution solicitation charges filed last week against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at a day spa in Jupiter, Florida, national attention has been drawn to the state of sex trafficking in the U. Meredith Dank, an expert on human trafficking and a research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, says when she first heard the news about Kraft, her thoughts immediately went to the women involved in the spa. But in that case, were they receiving any kind of services or immigration relief?
The shutdowns raises awareness of human trafficking enterprises — especially those linked to massage parlors. According to PolarProject. There are warning signs, however.
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The defendant, year-old Stephen Clair Hansen, a lifelong resident of Utah, appeared in Superior Court of Arizona in Kingman, where he pleaded guilty to a reduced class 6 felony charge of attempted pandering, reduced from the original pandering charge, a class 5 felony, as part of the plea agreement. Eight people were indicted during the months-long investigation, including Hansen, who was not considered a participant in the multistate enterprise. Instead, authorities say Hansen admittedly drove his fiancee, who is now his wife, to work at the massage parlor in Lake Havasu City knowing she would be providing sexual services, the indictment said.
The city, he said, had shut down four brothels posing as spas. Even before the news conference started, however, the case had begun to fall apart. Some sex workers — potential witnesses against the organizers — were gone.
Brothels posing as massage parlors and Asian spas have been part of the American landscape for decades, hidden in plain sight. The Florida prostitution sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft last week is a reminder of the human trafficking and abuse taking place behind the darkened windows of many of these storefronts — and how challenging they are to address. The case also highlights how police and prosecutors are increasingly using a broad range of approaches, including deeper investigations into wider criminal networks, crackdowns on online sites where johns trade detailed sex reviews and enforcement of stricter civil codes on the massage industry, anti-trafficking activists said.
Aurora instituted tough new rules aimed at shutting down parlors that offer sex for cash, closing 18 of the businesses in the past year. The investigation also found that other cities -- and state regulators, too -- simply go after individuals accused of working as prostitutes and do little to stop the businesses themselves from operating. A man approached her.