A six-month human-trafficking and prostitution sting in massage parlors across Florida yielded hundreds of arrest warrants, including several from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter where at least two business executives were charged of soliciting a prostitute.
Ten spas have closed since the operation that stretched from Palm Beach to Orlando, according to the Associated Press. Cameras inside and outside the businesses were reportedly planted in the operation, with videotapes revealing some of the defendants committing sexual acts.
News reports suggest that although a high-profile executive like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was implicated in the sting operation, there were more revelations to come.
“There are people down there in that area, I’m told, who say that this story is going to heat up and get a lot worse,” ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter said Friday.
“I’m also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida,” Schefter added.
First-time offenders charged with solicitation are typically permitted to enroll in a diversion program and serve 100 hours of community service, a former prosecutor told the Associated Press.
Here are the executives who have been charged in Florida’s prostitution sting:
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner
Seventy-seven-year-old Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots with an estimated worth of $6 billion, was reportedly charged with soliciting a prostitute. He was filmed twice in the act at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
Kraft denied the charges.
Kraft began dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Lander, one year after his wife, Myra Kraft, died of cancer in 2011. Myra and Kraft were married for 48 years.
“We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said to the Associated Press.
John Havens, former president and chief operating officer of Citigroup
John Childs, founder of private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates
Seventy-seven year old John Childs, the founder of private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates, was charged by the Vero Beach Police Department for solicitation of a prostitute, according to Bloomberg.
Childs denied any wrongdoing.
“I have received no contact by the police department about this charge,” Childs said to Bloomberg. “The accusation of solicitation of prostitution is totally false. I have retained a lawyer.”
Since 1995, Childs’ firm have invested around $3.7 billion towards over 50 businesses, according to its website. Childs was responsible for a $77 billion fixed income portfolio with Prudential Insurance Company of America in 1980s, his profile said.