Prosecutor Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused girls as young as 12 on their private islands, said the U.S. Virgin Islands prosecutor.
It is said that Epstein, who died in prison in August 2019 while awaiting an abuse trial dating back to 2005, trafficked with girls as recently as 2018.
The lawsuit against her estate says that the girls were “attracted and recruited” to their Caribbean home and forced to have sex.
This is the first lawsuit filed against Epstein in the US Virgin Islands.
The lawsuit seeks to seize part of its fortune of $ 577 million (£ 442 million) and its two private islands, Little Saint James and Great Saint James.
It is estimated that the two islands are worth 86 million dollars.
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“Epstein clearly used the Virgin Islands and his residence in the US Virgin Islands in Little Saint James as a way to hide and expand his activity here,” prosecutor Denise N George says in the lawsuit.
“Epstein and his trafficked underage girls associated with the Virgin Islands, held them captive and sexually abused them, causing them serious physical, mental and emotional injuries.”
In July 2017, Epstein refused to allow an official to enter his island of Little Saint James for routine monitoring of the registered sex offender, according to the lawsuit.
He is also accused of using false visas to traffic with women and girls, several of them aspiring models, inside and outside the territory of the island and using a computerized database to track the movements of their victims on their island.
In one incident, the lawsuit claims that a 15-year-old girl tried to swim away from Epstein Island after she was forced to participate in sexual acts with Epstein and others.
In that case, she was captured and Epstein confiscated her passport, according to the lawsuit.
Epstein’s legal permanent residence was registered in the Virgin Islands. In the days prior to his suicide in prison, he presented an updated version of his will to the insular territory of the United States.