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Berlin's Reopened Brothels May Disappoint

Erotic massages are allowed, but sex isn't permitted until September

(Newser) - Berlin's brothels are back open for the first time in five months, but there's a caveat: No sex allowed. While prostitution is legal in Germany, sex acts remain banned until September under coronavirus restrictions, reports AFP . At this point, clients—required to wear a mask and provide contact...

Accuser: Bill Clinton Was With 2 'Young Girls'

'Orgies were a constant thing,' says Virginia Giuffre

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's most prominent accuser says she once saw Bill Clinton with "two young girls" on an island used for sex orgies, Newsweek reports. In newly unsealed court documents, Virginia Giuffre responds to a lawyer who asked whether she recalled Epstein talking about the former president owing him...

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on...

College President Arrested in 'Dark Web' Prostitution Sting

William Bynum Jr. has resigned from Jackson State University

(Newser) - William Bynum Jr., president of Jackson State University, has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting over the weekend. Mississippi state trustees met Monday to discuss choosing an interim leader. Bynum is charged with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and possession of marijuana. He...

Notorious Utah Madame's Interview Eludes Historians

Reporter's old shorthand remains a mystery

(Newser) - Scholars at a Utah university are trying to unlock a mystery after discovering a nearly 70-year-old transcript of an interview with a notorious figure in Ogden history, the AP reports. The interview was with madam Rossette Duccinni Davie, who ran the Rose Rooms brothel with her husband in the 1940s...

Lawyer's Other Job Is at a Nevada Brothel

Des Moines attorney wants to change laws, attitudes

(Newser) - Like a lot of people, Katherine Sears has a side hustle. The Des Moines lawyer doesn't drive an Uber or deliver pizza. Her other job is in a brothel in Nevada. "I like sex," she says. "Sex is fun, and I can get paid for it....

In New York, an Effort to Decriminalize Sex Work

'Sex work is work and should not be criminalized'

(Newser) - Some Democratic lawmakers hope to see New York become the first state to decriminalize sex work. "Anything that involved children or coercion are things that we feel very strongly need to remain in the penal code," but "sex work is work and should not be criminalized by...

Rapper Charged With Felony Human Trafficking

Sosamann is accused of forcing women to become sex workers

(Newser) - A rapper was arrested in LA earlier this month after women nabbed in a prostitution sting accused him of human trafficking, TMZ reports. According to authorities, he took two women to California with promises of big dreams and forced them to become prostitutes. Site XXL confirms that Sosamann, who has...

Kraft's Reported Convo With Cop Who Stopped Him: Dolphins

As in Miami team, which prosecutors say 'polite' Kraft mentioned while showing Super Bowl ring

(Newser) - What do you do when you're pulled over by the cops after leaving a day spa where you allegedly paid for sex? If the latest reports on Robert Kraft are accurate, you talk football and show off your Super Bowl ring. That's according to Florida prosecutors cited by...

Spa Customers Videotaped in Kraft Case Sue Authorities

They say the surveillance was unlawful

(Newser) - Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that...

Prosecutors Threaten New Move in Kraft Sex Case

That means releasing footage from a Florida spa

(Newser) - You may soon be watching video of Robert Kraft engaging in sex acts with alleged prostitutes at a Florida spa—if prosecutors follow through on their plan to release it, the Boston Globe reports. The Palm Beach County state attorney's office argued Wednesday in court papers that it can'...

Robert Kraft Asks for Jury Trial

New England Patriots owner reaffirms not guilty plea, waives arraignment

(Newser) - Looks like Robert Kraft is going to trial. The New England Patriots owner has waived his right to an arraignment and requested a jury trial in his prostitution case, according to court documents filed Tuesday and obtained by CNN . Kraft, 77, pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting...

Robert Kraft: 'I Am Truly Sorry'

The New England Patriots owner issues a statement

(Newser) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apologizing after being charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation, the AP reports. "I am truly sorry," Kraft said in a statement Saturday. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans...

Robert Kraft Won't Go for Plea Deal: Source

New England Patriots owner said to be in negotiations with authorities

(Newser) - It's far from confirmed, but CNN and the Boston Globe are both out with stories citing a source or sources who say New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not accept the plea deal that's been offered to him in a Florida prostitution case. The Globe refers to...

Prosecutors Make an Offer to Patriots Owner

Charges in prostitution case could be dropped, but there's a catch

(Newser) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft could see his charges dropped—as long as he admits that he would have been found guilty, had the case gone to trial. The proposed deferred prosecution agreement also calls for Kraft and a number of other men who have been charged with soliciting...

Florida Spa Founder Sells Access to Trump

Li Yang developed a more upscale business

(Newser) - The woman behind a now-infamous Florida day spa has been selling something a little more upscale: access to President Trump, Mother Jones reports. Li Yang, who started the spa-and-massage-parlor chain that recently ensnared New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft in a prostitution charge, has an investment business offering Trump-family access...

Founder of Spa Tied to Robert Kraft Has Ties With Trump, Too

Li 'Cindy' Yang spotted in pics with president and his family, invited by WH to DC events

(Newser) - President Trump went to bat for his friend Robert Kraft after the owner of the New England Patriots was charged with soliciting prostitution. The Miami Herald has now unearthed an odd link between Trump and the Kraft story, showing the president—as well as members of his family, including sons...

Patriots Owner Pleads Not Guilty

Robert Kraft requests non-jury trial

(Newser) - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday. Kraft's attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm Beach County court on Wednesday, the AP reports. Kraft, 77,...

2nd Billionaire Charged in Prostitution Ring

John Childs, 77, caught up in same sting as Patriots owner Robert Kraft

(Newser) - Not one billionaire, but two have been caught up in the human trafficking sting in Florida. Robert Kraft is the more high-profile name of the two (and the one everyone was buzzing about Friday), but equity firm owner John Childs has also made the list, per TCPalm . Childs, who owns...

Trafficking Sting Leads to Surprise Warrant for Patriots Owner

Robert Kraft charged with 2 counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida massage parlor

(Newser) - More than two dozen people have been arrested in Florida, caught up in a human trafficking bust, and among them: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, NBC News reports. Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Friday that Kraft was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution, and that there'...

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