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Dear Mr. Robert Kraft, I am Sorry for Your Embarrassment

Gladys louise Tyler

Posted on February 25, 2019 23:18

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In case you haven't heard, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. He must be so embarrassed.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida at a Massage Parlor in a strip mall. And although his public relations team has vehemently denied the charges, there is reportedly video of him paying and receiving a sex act.  

This must be so embarrassing for Mr. Kraft and the New England Patriots.

What is seemingly lost is that Robert Kraft was caught because the Massage Parlor was being investigated for sex trafficking. For those not in the know, sex trafficking is "the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another for the purpose of sexual exploitation", dictionary's definition, not mine, whereas Merriam Webster defines prostitution as the act of having sex in exchange for money. 

Prostitution in fact has been called a "victimless crime", but sex trafficking is not.  And although the majority of my male friends have openly stated that IF Kraft frequented this particular abode for sex, and there was no sex trafficking involved, "they see no problem". Is that the case?

We now know that there have been no charges in relation to "sex trafficking" in this particular case.  The charges have all been prostitution charges.  So the question remains, can Robert Kraft play the victim card?

A billionaire goes into a massage parlor (I know it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke) pays roughly $79 for a blow job, reportedly caught on tape. Then his spokesperson claims, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity..."  Could they be "technically" right?  Nah, soliciting a prostitute in Florida is still a crime.

As of Monday evening, the prosecutors have not charged anyone with sex trafficking, only with prostitution. There seems to be less evidence of human trafficking and more evidence of prostitution and money laundering.  

So the question remains, is prostitution a victimless crime? Is Kraft the victim of over enthusiastic prosecutors finding a "big name" to prosecute?

What about the women?

The women are almost never mentioned in this story. They are peripheral. They are without a PR department to lament upon their victimization. You will hear the refrain that they were "willing participants" and therefore have no claim of victimization. But really, the power paradigm never really existed for them.  And while prostitution may be the oldest profession in the world, it is not victimless.

There is no Pretty Woman scenario. I don't know why women become prostitutes. I don't know if these particular women were held against their wills or "willing participants". What we do know is that there was no Richard Gere character involved. There was no shopping spree in Beverly Hills. And in the end no one climbed the fire escape to save them.  

Mr. Kraft is embarrassed by these allegations and charges, and his billions will insure he doesn't do jail time and will emerge as the sympathetic victim.  

The Women

Victimless? Maybe we are just naming the wrong victims.

Gladys louise Tyler

Posted on February 25, 2019 23:18

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges for soliciting prostitution at a Florida spa, and investigators...

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