Patriots owner and major Trump donor charged with soliciting prostitutes


Bob Kraft gave $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee.

Bob Kraft, a longtime Trump friend who donated $1 million to his inaugural committee, has been charged with soliciting prostitution.

Kraft is the multimillionaire owner of the New England Patriots, and was one of at least 25 people who were charged on Friday as part of a months-long human trafficking investigation. Kraft has been charged with two counts of solicitation and was a patron of the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

Police say the spa played a role in human trafficking that spanned from China to Florida. According to officers, the women involved in the human trafficking ring were given no days off and averaged about 1,500 men per year. Their hygiene was described as "minimal."

Police say there is video evidence documenting Kraft's alleged criminal acts. His spokesperson denied the allegations.

Trump has often cited the prevention of human trafficking as one of the reasons his racist border wall should be built — but experts believe it will do little to stop such criminal acts, and say Trump doesn't understand the realities of human trafficking.

Kraft has been a friend of Trump's for an extremely long time.

After Trump won the election, Kraft donated $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee. When many athletes were boycotting Trump's White House over his racism, Kraft and the Patriots visited him after their 2017 Super Bowl win.

"Bob has been my friend for a long time," Trump said at the ceremony.

Kraft returned the favor, calling Trump a "very good friend" and "somebody whose mental toughness and strength I greatly admire."

Trump has repeatedly praised Kraft on his Twitter feed, dating all the way back to 2012.

"Never bet against Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady!" Trump wrote. He described Kraft as "my friend," and in January congratulated Kraft and the Patriots for qualifying for the Super Bowl.

Trump can attribute some of his political successes to his friendship with Kraft.

On the eve of the 2016 presidential primary in Massachusetts, Kraft released a statement praising Trump. He said he was "a very close friend of mine for over two decades," and that the two men "have had a lot of fun together socially" and have worked together on "a number of philanthropic events."

The Boston Globe noted that Trump "has been a frequent guest" of Kraft's at the Patriots' stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, "with photos showing him on the field, in the owner’s box, and in the locker room."

After the boost from Kraft, Trump went on to win the Massachusetts primary with 49.3 percent of the vote.

Kraft isn't the only friend of Trump's to face charges related to prostitution. Trump was also longtime friends with Jeffrey Epstein — who, despite allegedly trafficking and raping hundreds of underage girls, managed to spend just 13 months in jail on prostitution charges thanks to a sweetheart deal from Alex Acosta, who now serves as Trump's Secretary of Labor.

And Kraft now joins a long roster of other prominent figures connected to Trump — including Trump himself — who have been involved in serious allegations of lawbreaking.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.