The wheels of justice often move slow, but they DO move.
On Saturday, it appears New York stepped in to clean up the miscarriage of justice carried out in Florida over a decade ago.
Jeffrey Epstein, billionaire pal to Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and attorney Alan Dershowitz (to name just a few), got a sweetheart deal in Florida from then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta (currently serving as Trump’s Labor Secretary). Even as evidence of multiple accounts of sexual molestation and exploitation of underaged girls emerged.
In the deal made with Acosta’s office, Epstein pleaded guilty to minor charges, resulting in a scant 13 month sentence.
During the course of that sentence, he was allowed to leave the jail and work 12 to 16 hours a day at his office, for 6 days a week. He hired his own security detail, and only spent nights in jail.
His alleged victims were kept in the dark and were given no opportunity to be heard in court. They were shut out, therefore, had no representation.
Some reports are that Epstein agreed to work with federal authorities on the financial crimes case against executives with the investment bank, Bear Stearns. The company collapsed in 2008, due to the subprime mortgage crisis.
If true, it would appear the state of Florida put more value on big money investors than they did the lives of the young girls Epstein and his pals exploited over the years.
There were also reports of an AG’s office unsure of how they would proceed with the case against Epstein, since his legal team dug up dirt against his accusers, alleging drug abuse.
I’m going to side note this: For many victims of sexual abuse, the need to bury the pain and shame will often lead them down even darker paths, with drug abuse being only one of the unfortunate aftermaths.
Fast forward to today, and we have the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force to thank for taking up a case that has received fresh scrutiny over the past year, prompted in large part to The Miami Herald, which has been all over this, with some incredible, deep dives in reporting.
So what are the charges that now stand against Epstein? Is this double jeopardy?
The new indictment—which, according to two sources, will be unsealed Monday in Manhattan federal court—will reportedly allege that Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage girls in a now-familiar scheme: paying them cash for “massages” and then molesting or sexually abusing them in his Upper East Side mansion or his palatial residence in Palm Beach. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors—which could put him away for a maximum of 45 years. The case is being handled by the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York, with assistance from the district’s human-trafficking officials and the FBI.
Several of the billionaire’s employees and associates allegedly recruited the girls for Epstein’s abuse, and some victims eventually became recruiters themselves, according to law enforcement. The girls were as young as 14, and Epstein knew they were underage, according to details of the arrest and indictment shared by two officials.
Epstein apparently had a “party jet,” where he flew the young girls, along with some of his lecherous pals to exotic locales.
One of his frequent fliers was former President Bill Clinton.
Current President Donald Trump has praised his friend, Epstein, as being a “great guy” and mused over the young girls he kept in his orbit.
It’s called sex trafficking, guys.
“It’s been a long time coming—it’s been too long coming,” said attorney David Boies, who represents Epstein accusers Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome. “It is an important step towards getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking enterprise.“We hope that prosecutors will not stop with Mr. Epstein because there were many other people who participated with him and made the sex trafficking possible,” he told The Daily Beast.
When the FBI announces the charges against Epstein on Monday, they will also provide a number for other alleged victims to call the Southern District of New York.
That could prove to be a busy number, so I hope they have adequate staff to man the post.
One of Epstein’s accusers, Giuffre, has some of the most scandalous and damaging claims, and could prove invaluable to the current case.
According to Giuffre, she was approached in 1999, at the age of 15, on her summer job working at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, by the woman called Epstein’s “madame,” Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre claims that she was groomed, then molested multiple times by both Epstein and Maxwell.
She also gave a statement, alleging knowledge of Epstein “loaning out” young girls to powerful men like Dershowitz and British royal, Prince Andrew.
Both Dershowitz and Prince Andrew deny the claims.
Giuffre’s account of her involvement with Epstein and Maxwell, however, sounds sickeningly familiar, as it echoes the experiences of many victims of sex trafficking.
She said that when she began “working” for Epstein, he flew her to New York on his private jet and molested her at his Manhattan mansion. “I was trained to be ‘everything a man wanted me to be,’” Giuffre said in the declaration. “It wasn’t just sexual training—they wanted me to be able to cater to all the needs of the men they were going to send me to.”
Maxwell and Epstein allegedly ordered Giuffre to pay attention to what the men wanted, so she could report back to them. Giuffre said she traveled with Epstein from 1999 through the summer of 2002, to his homes in New York, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Paris, France.
“I had sex with him often in these places and also with the various people he demanded that I have sex with,” Giuffre stated. “Epstein paid me for many of these sexual encounters. In fact, my only purpose for Epstein, Maxwell and their friends was to be used for sex.”
That’s because the sex trafficking industry dehumanizes the victims, and in fact, they are seen as no more than breathing sexual organs.
It’s disgusting. It’s inhuman, and no amount of money or connections should be an excuse to let it go.
Giuffre said she was also forced to have sex with another Epstein confidant, Jean Luc Brunel, who runs the MC2 modeling agency.
Brunel supplied Epstein with girls as young as 12, luring aspiring models from poor countries or poor backgrounds to the United States, Giuffre alleged. “Jeffrey Epstein has told me that he has slept with over 1,000 of Brunel’s girls, and everything that I have seen confirms this claim,” Giuffre stated. (Brunel, in a previous statement, denied being involved “in the actions Mr. Jeffrey Epstein is being accused of” and said “I have exercised with the utmost ethical standard for almost 40 years.”)
I imagine news of Epstein’s arrest and the announcement of new charges on Monday has more than a few of his wealthy pals in a cold sweat, today.
We don’t know yet if there will be any further indictments, but at the very least, we can hope for justice to finally be served for the victims of Epstein’s pedophilia.