Now that legalized marijuana is slowly but surely marching toward nationwide acceptance, the next potential subject for decriminalization is even more controversial: prostitution.
In the wake of a record-tying, six-time Super Bowl victory, Robert Kraft, the 77-year-old owner of the New England Patriots, has been flagged for a serious personal foul. He faces two counts of soliciting prostitutes.
An early morning raid by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in Charlotte, North Carolina netted 20 criminal suspects. Four months of investigative work led up to the joint effort - titled "The Initiative" - and arrests were for such crimes as drug trafficking, robbery, prostitution, and gun charges.
Five women were charged with sex crimes relating to prostitution after a sting investigation discovered a scheme using the online site Backpage.com. The women were arrested as a result of a Kingston investigation.
A man and a woman from Georgia were charged in May with sex trafficking and other sex crimes related to their involvement in a prostitution ring. The pair allegedly enslaved women in sex acts for money in Atlanta, other areas of Georgia and in North Carolina.
One of roughly 20 defendants charged in November for his involvement in the proliferation of a multi-state prostitution network decided to turn himself in just before the New Year. The 44-year-old New Yorker was being sought on various charges, including conspiring to distribute cocaine, transporting individuals across state lines for illicit purposes and money laundering.According to the FBI, the prostitution ring is believed to have been operating brothels in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. The network attempted to disguise itself through an otherwise legal business model of providing various health spa and massage treatments.
An ongoing investigation by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) of a drug and prostitution ring resulted in a bust yesterday. As of right now, five suspects are facing felony drug charges stemming from the bust.