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How detectives gathered evidence inside Orchids of Asia day spa

Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 12:23:00-05

JUPITER, Fla. — It’s still unclear just exactly how detectives were able to get hidden cameras inside Orchids of Asia Day Spa, but as a result, they say all sex acts were caught on camera.

The investigation started with a tip from a Martin County Sheriff’s Office investigator, back in October 2018. According to deputies, managers at Orchids of Asia Day Spa were trafficking women, forcing them to perform sex acts on anyone who walked through the front door.

“They were sleeping in the massage parlor, on the massage tables,” Sheriff William Snyder said later, at a press conference.

The tip prompted an investigation by Jupiter police.

In November, arrest paperwork shows Jupiter detectives started watching the business from the parking lot. They “observed only males”, a total of 97 men in six days.

Then, a trash pull led detectives to a spreadsheet of financial records.

By January, detectives had eyes on the inside, according to the same paperwork. Secret surveillance cameras planted by detectives captured exactly what was going on inside the massage parlor.

“We are as equally stunned as everybody else,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr told reporters on Friday.

According to detectives, one of the men caught on camera was New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“Does the video contain Mr. Kraft inside receiving the alleged acts? The answer to that is yes,” said Detective Andrew Sharp, the lead investigator on the case.

Detectives say Kraft is listed in arrest paperwork as one of the “johns”, but it’s not clear which one he is. Contact 5 reached out to a Jupiter Police Dept. spokesperson, and are awaiting a response.

Kraft’s team released a statement denying his involvement.

Those same reports also show detectives put a tracking device on the car of the woman running the business, Hua Zhang, which helped lead to her arrest on Wednesday.