A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used two private islands in US territory. UU. To participate in a conspiracy of almost two decades to traffic and abuse girls.
At one point, the lawsuit filed allegations on Wednesday, Epstein and his associates organized a search party to catch a 15-year-old victim trying to swim and kept their passport to keep her captive.
The lawsuit seeks to confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars of Epstein’s inheritance in the Virgin Islands, including the private islands Little St. James and Great St. James, whose claim is worth $ 86 million.
“The complaint speaks for itself and presents accusations of a pattern and practice of human trafficking, sexual abuse and forced labor of young women and girls up to 13 years old,” said the Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise N. George , to journalists. Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that even after Epstein’s suicide in August in federal detention in New York, his associates “continued to conspire to prevent the detection of criminal charges by Epstein Enterprise and to avoid liability.”
“These acts of conspiracy are ongoing,” says the lawsuit.
The trust that controls Epstein’s $ 577 million estate is based in the Virgin Islands.
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Co-executors of Epstein’s inheritance said Wednesday that the inheritance “is being administered in accordance with the laws of the US Virgin Islands.” They published a statement questioning the claim of the claim that Epstein victims must keep their claims confidential to participate in a voluntary Compensation fund.
“The suggestion that the program was intended to hide any information or protect any person from liability or accountability is unfounded, directly contrary to the details of the proposed and false program.”
From 2001 to 2018, Epstein and his associates took girls from other countries to the Virgin Islands, then transferred them by boat and helicopter to Epstein’s property in Little St. James. Epstein bought the neighboring island to protect its illegal activity from being seen, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit says the girls were between 12 and 17 years old, although George said the youngest were 13.
Many were attracted to the promise of modeling opportunities, the lawsuit says. Epstein and his associates maintained a computerized list of underage girls in or near the Virgin Islands, the lawsuit says.
Although he was required to register as a sex offender in the Virgin Islands after pleading guilty in a Florida case, Epstein successfully rejected US Virgin Islands officials and sheriffs from Little St. James, saying his dock was his door input
He agreed to meet with law enforcement officials in his office on the island of St. Thomas, the lawsuit says.
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Together with the 15-year-old girl who tried to swim away, the lawsuit describes a victim who was hired to provide massages and then forced to perform sexual acts in Little St. James.
He tried to escape but was caught by a search group and threatened with physical restraint and other damage if he did not cooperate, the lawsuit says.
“The behavior of Jeffrey Epstein and his associates shocks conscience and betrays the deepest principles and laws of the US Virgin Islands,” said George. “The Virgin Islands are not, and will not be, a safe haven for human trafficking or sexual exploitation.”
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