Over the years that I've handled criminal cases, we do see some massage parlor cases come up.
It's often where the women in the massage parlor are arrested because they get involved in a discussion related to having some sort of sexual activity for money with a customer who happens to end up being an undercover police officer.
Also, it's somehow the police infiltrate into the massage parlor and catch one of the customers being involved in some sort of illegal activity related to sexual favors for money at the massage parlor.
This latter one doesn't happen very often because it's very difficult for the police to be able to get into the massage parlor and actually catch somebody involved in some sort of solicitation of prostitution or other criminal sex-related activity.
Robert Craft Sex Crime Case
We do see with the Robert Kraft case that the police actually planted cameras inside the rooms, so they were able to see exchange of money and they were also able to see sex acts and they charged a number of people in Jupiter, Florida with these types of crimes.
Unfortunately, for them, that was a direct violation of the person's Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
You can't put cameras inside the rooms, and if any law enforcement agency does that, that would certainly be subject to challenge, and ultimately the court will have to rule in the defense's favor under the appropriate circumstances.
Motion to Suppress Evidence
In the Robert Kraft case, the court has decided under those circumstances, they cannot put videos in those rooms. So, the evidence that was captured on the videos has been suppressed and can't be used by the prosecutors.
Therefore, the prosecutors have decided to drop the charges — not only against Robert Kraft, but also against the other people who were charged in that particular case.
So, the police really have to be able to get evidence that somebody is committing some sort of criminal activity inside the massage parlor, and that can be acquired in many different ways.
Allegations of Sex Trafficking
At this point, in Los Angeles, for example, it really seems that Sacramento and the state has taken command of the investigatory phase related to massage parlors and the police have been cut out.
Really where you see the police getting involved in sex-related activities in massage parlors in Los Angles county, Orange county or any of the other counties in California is when some sort of sex trafficking is being alleged.
They're able to find beds inside the massage parlor an underaged individuals, and even people who are of involved in the sex trade. If they can track that into a massage parlor, then that would give them a lot more leeway and authority to be able to investigate and arrest people.
At this point, if you've been arrested relating to some sort of massage parlor case in Los Angeles county or any of the surrounding counties, pick up the phone. Make the call.
I've been doing this for 26 years. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.
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