No Human Trafficking Charges
For Anybody Nailed in Sting
three/14/2019 1:00 AM PDT
Robert Kraft and all the other suspects arrested in South Florida’s prostitution sting are not facing a single charge of human or sex trafficking — in spite of the truth cops created that their headline … TMZ Sports has discovered.
We’ve confirmed with prosecutors in Palm Beach County — property to the now-infamous Orchids of Asia Spa — that Kraft is nonetheless only facing two solicitation charges. We’re told that is also accurate for the other 25 “johns” arrested in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. 4 other men and women have been arrested for operating or managing the spas, but even they have not been charged with trafficking.
Sources familiar with the case inform us prosecutors have noticed ZERO proof of human trafficking to this point — right after a five-month investigation. Additional, we’re told two federal agencies — ICE and the FBI — knew about the sting early on, and opted not to get involved for the reason that they saw no indicators the case involved trafficking.
The police sting also targeted massage parlors in Indian River and Orange Counties with at least 45 added arrests — even so, no trafficking charges have been reported there either. We’ve reached out to their State Attorney’s Offices, but have not heard back however.
Various law enforcement agencies held extensively covered news conferences almost three weeks ago exactly where they boasted of breaking up a trafficking ring. As Jupiter, FL’s Police Chief Daniel Kerr place it, “Concern centers about the possibility of victims of human trafficking.”
Of course, raising the specter of trafficking got the sting a lot far more consideration — but it also painted Kraft and all the other suspects with a considerably far more nefarious brush. Human trafficking is a felony punishable by really serious prison time. Solicitation, on the other hand, is a misdemeanor.
Prosecutors and cops in Palm Beach County inform us additional charges are nonetheless feasible for the reason that their investigation is ongoing. A Jupiter PD official told us, “These factors take time.”
That can not sit nicely with the dozens of men and women who had been publicly connected to such a really serious crime just before law enforcement had the goods to charge them.