‘I am truly sorry:’ Patriots owner Robert Kraft releases statement following prostitution arrestKGW #None_ImportantMarch 24, 2019
Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Saturday apologizing for charges he faces in Florida for solicitation and prostitution.
Kraft is one of about 300 men charged in multiple counties between Palm Beach and Orlando as part of a crackdown on illicit massage parlors and human trafficking.
Ten parlors have been closed and employees have also been charged.
Many of the women are originally from China, were forced to live in the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort, according to investigators.
“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing,” Kraft said in his statement.
Had he accepted the deal, Kraft would also be required to perform 100 hours community service and attend a class on prostitution’s dangers and how it perpetuates human trafficking,
The owner of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, the Jupiter, Florida, parlor Kraft is accused of visiting, is charged with 29 felony prostitution and related charges.
Authorities investigated the 10 parlors for months, gathering evidence through interviews with men stopped leaving the spas, trash bin searches and surveillance of the spa owners.
Owner Hua Zhang, 58, has pleaded not guilty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.