Time To End Ridiculous Prostitution Laws
I neither follow nor watch football, and have not for decades, but I don’t have my head in the sand. Even though I live in Florida, I know that Tom Brady was New England Patriots’ star quarterback for about twenty years, Bill Belichick is the team’s head coach, and Robert Kraft is the team’s owner.
It was in Florida about a year ago that part-time Palm Beach resident Kraft was arrested, along with about sixty other men, on misdemeanor charges of prostitution solicitation after several law-enforcement agencies secretly installed hidden cameras inside massage parlors in an attempt to uncover an alleged prostitution ring.
Detectives obtained the video showing the alleged crimes via a “sneak-and-peek” warrant—a warrant authorizing secret video surveillance that involves police physically entering a private premises without the permission or knowledge of the owner or occupant.
Sick, perverted cops then sat around computer screens sipping coffee, passing around a box of donuts, and watching licensed, adult masseuses giving client’s massages that usually included nudity and happy endings—all in the name of fighting “human trafficking” of course, which no business owner was ever charged with.
Hey, at least these cops didn’t use taxpayer money to go undercover and have sex with masseuses like federal agents have done.
The defendants moved to suppress the videos, on many grounds, and a county court agreed. County Judge Leonard Hanser wrote in his ruling, “The fact that some totally innocent women and men had their entire lawful time spent in a massage room fully recorded and viewed intermittently by a detective-monitor is unacceptable and results from the lack of sufficient pre-monitoring written guidelines.” Circuit Judge Joseph Marx agreed with Hanser’s ruling and suppressed the videos.
The state of Florida appealed, a
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