A recent police sweep of Florida massage parlors that were allegedly fronts for prostitution rings netted 165 arrests, among them three former cops and three very rich men.
The wealthiest of the trio is 77-year-old Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and said to worth in the neighborhood of $6.6 billion. Kraft reportedly dates a 39-year-old “actress” but that apparently doesn’t get him what he wants.
Kraft has denied the allegations, but police say they have video of the widower engaging in two separate sex acts. He has been charged with two counts of solicitation of a prostitute.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred the morning of the AFC Championship game, when Kraft arrived at the Orchids of Asia massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida, in a chauffeured 2015 blue Bentley–nothing conspicuous or anything like that! He apparently conducted his business and jetted to Kansas City in time for the kick-off.
The two other rich guys swept up in the dragnet are John Childs, founder of the Boston private equity firm J.W. Childs Associates and a big contributor to the Republican Party, and John Haven, former president and COO of Citigroup who is currently chairman of Napier Park Global Capital.
Childs has denied the charges and Haven hasn’t responded to requests for comment.
If the charges are true, it just illustrates what cheapskates they are. All three of these guys can afford the services of high-class call girl services like the one used by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer (although you have to be careful when moving around large sums of money), or they could just hire their own full-time mistresses.
Instead, they decided to save a few bucks and allegedly get their jollies at sleazy massage parlors operating in tacky strip malls, one step up the ladder from common street walkers.
This tight wad (pun intended) approach doesn’t surprise me. During the many years I spent in corporate public relations, I became a student of the compensation packages given corporate executives. One thing I learned is that it doesn’t matter how much they are paid, they will still try to offload personal expenses on the company.
So it didn’t surprise me when they took the cheap route. The allegation they were patronizing establishments that employed sex slaves lured to the U. S. from Asia with promises of good jobs apparently didn’t seem to bother them.
Nobody gets rich in this country worrying about the people they might hurt.