Sex Trafficking Persists in Bay Area Spas, Massage Parlors

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at 9:00 AM
People are reflected in the window of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is charged with allegedly soliciting for sex on February 22, 2019 in Jupiter, Florida. Mr. Kraft was caught up in a law enforcement operation in South Florida that netted hundreds of johns over the past two weeks. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida prosecutors charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday with soliciting prostitution at a local spa tied to an international human trafficking ring. Kraft's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation in Florida and New York into massage parlors that employ trafficked immigrant women who are forced to perform sex acts for clients. We'll talk about the prevalence of illicit spa and massage businesses in the Bay Area and what's being done to stop them.

Resources:
HeatWatch.org

Guests:

Sharmin Bock, assistant district attorney and head of the human exploitation and trafficking unit; Alameda County District Attorney's office

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