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Robert Kraft caught on video paying for sex act hours before AFC title game, police say
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Robert Kraft caught on video paying for sex act hours before AFC title game, police say

The New England Patriots owner was charged with soliciting prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was seen on video paying a massage parlor employee for a sex act hours before the Patriots played in the AFC championship game, court documents revealed.

According to The Washington Post, Kraft was charged Monday with two counts of soliciting prostitution, misdemeanor charges that are unlikely to land Kraft in jail.

Kraft, who is 77, allegedly visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on Jan. 19 and 20. The video from the morning of Jan. 20 reportedly shows Kraft walking in the front entrance, paying cash at the desk, and engaging in the sexual act for several minutes before paying the woman at least $100 in cash and leaving about 15 minutes after arriving.

The Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch a spot in the Super Bowl. The game was played in Kansas City.

Police began investigating Orchids of Asia in October on a tip from the Martin County Sheriff's Office, which indicated that managers of the spa were engaged in human trafficking and prostitution. There was evidence that women were living at the spa.

By January, police were able to somehow install hidden cameras inside the establishment, which they had previously only observed from the parking lot (only men were visiting the spa while they surveilled).

The women who were allegedly being forced to work as prostitutes out of the spa could be subject to prosecution or deportation unless they are designated as victims of human trafficking, in which case they could be eligible for special T visas.

"If it's a law enforcement bust, [police] can treat them as trafficking victims and connect them to the Department of Justice and services at the Department of Justice," said Sarah Paoletti, director of the University of Pennsylvania Law School's international human rights and immigration clinic, according to NBC News. "Or they treat them as prostitutes, or people who were smuggled, and they can end up being treated as criminals rather than victims."

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