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Prosecutors of the Robert Kraft prostitution scandal conceded in court on Friday that they don’t have enough evidence to prove their initial claims of a human trafficking ring in operation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa – despite a six month surveillance operation.
The statement came during a courtroom hearing yesterday in which Kraft’s attorneys were attending to request that a video allegedly showing Kraft naked and engaging in sexual acts be kept out of public view.
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Since February, police have consistently said they suspected a trafficking ring was in operation across a number of massage parlors across Palm Beach and Orlando, including the Orchids of Asia.
Authorities issued hundreds of arrest warrants as part of a six month investigation that saw police plant hidden cameras both inside and outside of the business, in Jupiter.
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Previously prosecutors have said their use of subterfuge was justified by their suspicions of trafficking, but on Friday the state attorneys – led by David Aronberg – disclosed the extensive operation uncovered no such evidence.
‘No one is being charged with human trafficking. There is no human trafficking that arises out of this investigation,’ Assistant State Attorney Greg Kridos said.
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The attorneys of the 77-year-old billionaire have long asserted that investigators knew from the beginning there was no human trafficking procedure in place, calling into question the legitimacy of their investigation.
Last month, another of Kraft’s attorneys, William Burck, said Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder – who oversaw some of the operation - is more interested in his five minutes of fame than he is in securing justice.
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Burck accused Snyder of lying to and misleading the public about the details of the trafficking probe that legally implicated Kraft and over 300 others.
'He lied about it,' Buck said. 'His officers lied about it. I don’t really know what to say. I’ve never...
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