Miami Beach doctor arrested on human trafficking, child solicitation charges

He told cops teens were at his place to ‘escape from a Black man with a gun,’ prosecutors say

Dr. Jeffrey David Kamlet (MDCR/Copyright 2023 Google)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A 68-year-old Miami Beach doctor is faced several charges Friday, including human trafficking and child solicitation, after prosecutors accused him of paying for sex from two teens on Tinder.

According to the office of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Dr. Jeffrey Kamlet is accused of committing the crimes between April 27 and Aug. 3, 2022.

The cases involves two girls, aged 16 and 17.

According to prosecutors, in April, the 17-year-old’s mother contacted the Broward Sheriff’s Office about her missing daughter and her missing friend, the 16-year-old.

The woman had tracked her daughter’s iPhone to a Miami Beach condominium address, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors then said Miami Beach police went to Kamlet’s Mid-Beach condo, located at 4775 Collins Ave.

There, the physician “told the officers the girls had wanted to stay the night with him to escape from a Black man with a gun who was trying to prostitute them,” a news release from Fernandez Rundle states.

“When asked, Kamlet told the officers that he had met the girls on Tinder and that they were 18, having shown (him) some identification,” prosecutors said. “Upon speaking with the police officers, the two girls indicated a lack of any identification.”

According to an arrest warrant, while he listened to police questioning, Kamlet is heard on body camera video instructing: “Girls, tell them the truth, tell them the story you told me. That’s the one I know. Don’t get me in trouble for any of your bulls---, all I was trying to do was help you.”

The warrant states Kamlet told an officer that “nothing sexual went on here, by the way. I’m an addiction doctor here on the beach and I have pitty (sic) for these kinds of girls that get addicted and prostituted.”

The addiction doctor had a stash of drugs in a gun safe in his apartment, one of the victims later told police, including oxycodone, Xanax, ketamine and cocaine, the warrant states.

During an police interview, the two girls described sexual contact with Kamlet “in detail,” prosecutors said.

But authorities said none of that caused Kamlet to break off contact with the 17-year-old girl.

They said after continued contact with her, he once again purchased sex from her, took her back to his condo and gave her cocaine.

A LinkedIn profile under Kamlet’s name states he specializes in addiction and internal medicine and served twice as the president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine.

The profile states Kamlet has worked as a concierge physician since 2010, among other ventures.

In addition to counts of human trafficking for sexual activity and solicitation of a child, Kamlet faces two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of interference with custody of a child.

In bond court Friday, a judge ordered Kamlet to be held on house arrest and he was required to surrender his passport, as he has an office in Mexico.

Kamlet reportedly still had his medical license, according to court proceedings.

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Chris Gothner joined the Local 10 News team in 2022 as a Digital Journalist.