Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, has become the center of a massive prostitution and human trafficking bust involving multiple spas and massage parlors.
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots NFL team, was charged Friday on two counts of soliciting prostitution. He is accused of paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Police say there is video evidence linking him to the incidents.
Kraft's arrest comes as part of a large-scale human trafficking and prostitution bust in Florida involving multiple spas and massage parlors. Police say women lived in the parlors and were coerced into having sex for money.
Jupiter, where Orchids of Asia Day Spa is located, is a city on the southeast coast of Florida, about 20 miles from Palm Beach ...
... and about a 30-45 minute drive from Mar-a-Lago ...
... Donald Trump's private club that's often called "the Winter White House."
The spa, which has 2.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, sits in a small strip mall off of Highway 1.
The spa's strip mall neighbors include a game store and a Thai restaurant on one side ...
... while a nail salon and a surf shop neighbor it to the other side.
An illicit massage website helped lead Florida police to Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Police said reviews for the spa included postings that "detailed visits involving Asian females providing sexual acts, as well as massage/body rubs in exchange for payment."
The spa's website describes it as "a full service day spa with a touch of the Orient" and lists services that include facials, acne treatment, waxing, a "table shower," and several different types of massages including a "Tokyo Ultimate 4 Hand" massage. The only prices listed are for an "Early Bird 1hr Special (Before 1PM)" for $64 and a Frequent Guest Package to save $71 on six one-hour Swedish massages with a prepaid card.
The police investigation into Orchids of Asia Day Spa and other massage parlors began in August, triggered by "numerous complaints" by concerned citizens and online reviews, according to a Jupiter Police Department case file reviewed by INSIDER.
A one-star Yelp review for the spa from February 22, 2015, four years to the day before Kraft was charged, reads in part: "Highly disappointed I allowed you to give my friend and I a facial and massage . I recommended this place as well to a guy friend of mine whom was offered a table shower then happy ending ! ... It's pretty sad sitting around a table with Jupiter locals at a restaurant and a few were aware of this when I explained what happened. ..."
After news broke of the scandal on Friday, people were seen milling around in front of the spa.
Some were taking selfies.
In a statement on Friday, Kraft "categorically" denied any illegal activity.