CBS News reports:
Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has entered a plea of not guilty on charges of soliciting prostitution while visiting a Florida massage parlor in January.
According to court records obtained by CBS News from the County Court of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, Kraft formally pleaded not guilty to the two counts and asked that a judge decide the case.
Police allege they have surveillance video of Kraft engaging in sex acts during two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on January 19 and 20. He faces up to one year in jail if he’s convicted.
A Chinese woman currently in protective custody has provided grim details about how some of the women ended up working there. She told investigators she was offered a job “making a lot of money” in an American nail salon, Sheriff William Snyder said. “And before she knew it she came here and found herself in the sex trafficking industry in massage parlors.”
She did not speak out because she feared her family in China would be put at risk if she cooperated with law enforcement. In other cases, he said, women are trafficked into the country with their children and forced into making a horrible bargain with their captors: Engage in sex work in exchange for the well-being of their children.