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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring tcpalm.com/story/news/loc…
“The tentacles of this go from here to New York to China, in Florida from here to Orange County .. this is the tip of the iceberg."

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged as a 'john' in human trafficking/prostitution investigation wptv.com/news/region-n-…
Note that once again, the victims of the sex trafficking operation were not Trump's mythical women smuggled across the Mexican border in car trunks, but entered through legal ports of entry such as airports. #NoWall
Trump 'surprised' that Patriots owner Bob Kraft was charged in a Florida prostitution ring.

Kraft has been a frequent visitor to Mar-a-Lago, located ~30 minutes away from the prostitution/massage parlor he’s accused of visiting
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Also snagged in the Florida human trafficking sting:
Billionaire equity firm owner John Childs tcpalm.com/story/news/cri…

Former president and COO of Citigroup John Havens bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"Human traffickers were luring vulnerable girls to massage parlors in Florida, where they were coerced into working as prostitutes ..

None were allowed to leave on their own. They did not have their own vehicles and generally spoke Mandarin or Cantonese." tcpalm.com/story/news/cri…
Sexual servitude, not prostitution.

“They were cooking on the back steps of the business. These women were sleeping in massage parlors, on the massage tables and had no access to transportation .. they were averaging 1,500 men a year, with no days off.” nbc-2.com/story/39993598…
Meet John Childs, the billionaire private equity firm owner and major Republican donor charged in the Florida sex trafficking sting businessinsider.com/john-childs-bi…
March 2017: China approves Trump-branded spas, escort services, hotels and massage parlors 🤔 (h/t @EmmaKennedy) independent.co.uk/news/world/ame…
“It is safe to say without hyperbole that this is the tip of the tip of the iceberg.” 

"Dozens and dozens of arrests yet to come" in sex-trafficking ring, Martin County sheriff says
orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-…
Four counties.
Eight "massage parlors".
Nearly 50 arrests.
175 warrants served.
And it's just the beginning.

‘The monsters are the men’: inside a thriving sex trafficking trade in Florida nyti.ms/2GE5ZZj
The probable cause affidavit for Robert #Kraft.

January 20 was the day of the AFC championship game. (h/t @vzlui via @mikefreemanNFL)
Florida sex trafficking investigation that ensnared #RobertKraft began when a health inspector saw signs that women lived at the spa cnn.com/2019/02/25/us/…
“If you’re just wanting to get a ‘rub and tug,’ this might be one of the best places in West Palm Beach."

Among the guests at Trump's Super Bowl watch party: Mar-a-Lago regular and GOP activist Li Yang, the founder of spa where Robert Kraft was busted
hrld.us/2TwIYNS
"In Feb 2018, Cindy Yang was invited by the White House to participate in an event hosted by the Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative, an advisory commission Trump established by executive order.

She attended at least 2 more AAPI events, according to her Facebook page"
"This Chinese immigrant and Trump donor has used her contacts to go from massaging clients to massaging influence."

Florida massage parlor owner/strip mall madam #CindyYang has been selling Chinese executives access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
Crucial @djrothkopf thread on the deadly serious national security implications of the latest #CindyYang revelation.

Not just another tawdry Trump story, but a potentially severe breach.
Report: Florida spa founder #CindyYang sold access to Trump and his family at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese clients (credit scoop to @MotherJones) usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
How many euphemisms can you fit into a single hed? 🤣 #SpaGate tampabay.com/florida/2019/0…
"China Arts Foundation" and "China Association for International Friendly Contacts" bear striking similarities to another purported foreign cultural exchange program: Rossotrudnichestvo.
Day spa madam and Mar-a-Lago influence peddler #CindyYang arranged for a group of Chinese business executives to attend a paid fundraiser for Trump in NYC in Dec 2017
miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
"Only citizens and permanent residents are allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns. It would be illegal for foreign nationals to reimburse a U.S. citizen for paying their way into a fundraiser." #CindyYang
"Reports in Chinese-language media said nearly 100 Chinese people attended the New York fundraiser in Dec 2017, out of roughly 400 total guests. The event was hosted by the Republican National Committee @RNC." #CindyYang
#CindyYang, the massage parlor madam selling access to Trump, is an officer of 2 groups with direct links to the Chinese government
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"A Republican fundraiser told the AP that patrons attending an #RNC dinner at Mar-a-Lago last year noticed a large contingent of Chinese attendees.

There was a discussion afterward about making sure they were vetted."

Afterward. #CindyYang
apnews.com/20a8a9abe5ba4e…
"If the president* is letting a Chinese madam sell access at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese business people while his friends are getting serviced at businesses she started, he is making himself and the country vulnerable to a massive blackmail risk": @djrothkopf thedailybeast.com/cindy-yang-aff…
"Set aside the horrific details of the sex trafficking, and you might even see a choice irony in a madam who moved on from selling hand jobs to selling grip-and-grins with a president* who has made pimping out his high office a signature part of his job."
"Yang’s is the first major known case of a United Front-affiliated political operative successfully ingratiating herself with the Trump administration."

Republican donor, Mar-a-Lago member & strip mall madam Cindy Yang linked to Chinese influence machine
foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/12/962…
Jared Kushner wasn't the only one doing a brisk business in Chinese EB-5s.

Day spa madam and Mar-a-Lago influence peddler Cindy Yang exploited her proximity to Trump to hawk ‘golden visas’ for immigrant investors (h/t @B52Malmet) talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trum…
"Through Yang, Qu gained access to high-profile events featuring Trump aides and family members on at least 2 occasions."

Massage parlor madam #CindyYang brought the head of the Chinese Communist Party’s Florida group to Trump fundraisers in NYC & Florida miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
Thread on #CindyYang's apparent use of straw donors, in violation of campaign finance laws, to secure a prime perk at an RNC fundraiser for Trump
Two Chinese executives – guests of #CindyYang – got photos with Trump at $50,000 each.

But a federal database has no record of Ryan Xu or Lucas Lu giving to Trump Victory, the PAC that sold tickets and perks for the #RNC fundraiser.

So who paid for them? miamiherald.com/latest-news/ar…
"#CindyYang and 3 associates donated a total of $135,500 to Trump Victory in the weeks leading up to the event. None of those associates would comment either.

One of them said she could not recall making a $25,000 donation listed in her name and address."
"Selling tickets to campaign fundraisers without disclosing the buyer to the FEC is illegal.

Selling tickets to foreign nationals, who are banned from donating to American political causes, would be an additional violation of US law."
"Snyder says of the video, which shows the Patriots owner engaged in illegal sexual activity: "There is nothing to see. It's pretty ugly."

Ouch.

Sheriff in Robert Kraft prostitution case expects video will eventually be released to the public cnbc.com/amp/2019/03/21…
In both years prior to Charlottesville, Mar-a-Lago hosted 33 events, dropping to just 10 after Trump's "very fine people" comments.

Massage parlor queen Cindy Yang rushed to the rescue, helping to fill the empty club with Chinese guests seeking influence miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
"In one advertisement for a 2019 Mar-a-Lago event, Yang listed different levels of sponsorship.

The top two with the most perks, Diamond Title Sponsor and Gold Sponsor, were reserved for foreigners only."
"Zhang told agents a Chinese friend instructed her to travel from Shanghai to Trump’s Florida resort and make contact with a member of Trump's family."

Woman carrying Chinese passports arrested after entering Mar-a-Lago with thumb drive containing malware
wapo.st/2YLFI0H
Chinese woman carrying 2 Taiwanese passports, 4 cell phones, a laptop, an external hard-drive and a thumb drive loaded with malware was arrested at Mar-a-Lago Saturday while heading to a #CindyYang event miamiherald.com/news/local/cri…
"Zhang was invited to Mar-a-Lago by a Chinese friend she identified as “Charles."

Yang worked w/ a Chinese event promoter named Charles Lee, who runs the UN Chinese Friendship Association, similar to the name of the event Zhang said she wished to attend."
“First the president wants to try to close the land border with Mexico, yet he cannot even close Mar-a-Lago to Chinese nationals walking around with malicious code": Jeremy Bash #LastWord
"Zhang was trying to gain entry to an event advertised on Chinese-language social media by massage parlor tycoon Cindy Yang."

House Oversight chair demands briefing after Mar-a-Lago arrest of Chinese woman politi.co/2FVOB0d
"The promoters of events at Mar-a-Lago are organizations that flaunt their connections to China’s Communist Party & the agency that promotes its foreign policy abroad, the United Front Work Department."

Malware arrest exposes holes in Mar-a-Lago security nyti.ms/2HZ4chP
"FBI flagged Yang & Zhang’s activities as part of a counterintelligence investigation that began prior to Kraft being charged & had until then gone somewhat dormant."

Only in Florida could a billionaire’s massage parlor pit stop unmask a possible spy ring
miamiherald.com/news/state/flo…
"Trump's decision to use Mar-Lago as both a retreat & a business has required Secret Service to defer to staffers and allow in visitors who are not on the list.

“Trump has no idea who most of the people around him at the club are. You pay and you get in.” washingtonpost.com/politics/you-p…
"Prosecutors found multiple electronic devices in #Zhang's hotel room, including a signal detector that can detect hidden cameras, another cell phone, 9 USB drives and 5 SIM cards.

She also had several credit cards and thousands of dollars in cash." cnn.com/2019/04/08/pol…
“The preliminary analysis of her phones shows she was not there for an event at Mar-a-Lago."

Federal prosecutors say Yujing Zhang had more than $8,000 in cash in her hotel room, as well a "signal detector" used to reveal hidden cameras hrld.us/2UmlvjD
"When a Secret Service agent put #Zhang’s thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a “very out-of-the-ordinary” event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis.

He had to immediately stop the analysis."
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