“Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein will appear in a New York City federal court on Monday morning after prosecutors indicted him on sex trafficking conspiracy and one count of sex trafficking with underage females.
The indictment came out this morning, which alleges Epstein trafficked girls as young as 14-years-old.
From Fox News:
“The victims described herein were as young as 14 years old at the time they were abused…and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Epstein intentionally sought out minors and knew that many of his victims were in fact under the age of 18.”
Epstein allegedly created and maintained a network and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other underage girls.
Prosecutors also allege Epstein “worked and conspired with others, including employees and associates” who helped facilitate his conduct by contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with the 66-year-old at his mansion in New York City and Palm, Beach, Fla.
The federal prosecutors wrote in the indictment they want Epstein to forfeit any of his property he “used to commit or facilitate” the crimes, specifically his Upper East Side home.
This is not the first time Epstein has faced charges of sex trafficking. Epstein became a registered sex offender in 2008 after then-US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Alexander Acosta, now our Secretary of Labor, offered him a sweetheart deal after a federal investigation revealed he operated a sex trafficking ring with underage girls.
Acosta allowed Epstein to plead “to two state prostitution charges, ultimately serving only 13 months and avoiding a federal trial,” and register as a sex offender while paying “restitution to the victims identified by the FBI.”
Epstein had a close relationship with Prince Andrew. One underage victim claimed the prince “had sexual encounters with her at Epstein’s behest.”
President Bill Clinton enjoyed a close relationship with Epstein as well. Documents show he flew on Epstein’s private jet the Lolita Express numerous times. From Gawker:
In 2002, as New York has reported, Clinton recruited Epstein to make his plane available for a week-long anti-poverty and anti-AIDS tour of Africa with Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, billionaire creep Ron Burkle, Clinton confidant Gayle Smith (who now serves on Barack Obama’s National Security Council), and others. The logs from that trip show that Maxwell, Kellen, and a woman named Chauntae Davis joined the entourage for five days.
That last name—Chauntae Davies—shows up elsewhere in papers unearthed by the various investigations into Epstein’s sex ring: his little black book. Davies is one of 27 women listed in the book under an entry for “Massage- California,” one of six lists of massage girls Epstein kept in various locales, with a total of 160 names around the globe, many of them underage victims.
The media has tried to tie Epstein to President Donald Trump. One document showed Trump flew on the jet at least once. However, Bradley Edwards, the lawyer for some of Epstein’s accusers, wrote in court documents that Trump banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club.”
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