Virgin Islands suit alleges decadeslong abuse by Epstein

Clay Curtis
January 16, 2020

A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used two private islands in the US territory to engage in a almost two-decade conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls. The lawsuit filed by George expands his alleged abuse by 13 years.

"Epstein clearly used the Virgin Islands and his residence in the US Virgin Islands at Little Saint James as a way to be able to hide and to be able to expand his activity here", US Virgin Islands prosecutor Denise N George says in the suit.

Epstein carried out "an expansive scheme of human trafficking and sexual abuse of young women" and concealed it with an elaborate scheme of entities, said George, who took office in April.

In addition to Epstein's estate, six other entities are also named as defendants in the suit: The 1953 Trust, Plan D LLC, Great Saint Jim LLC, Nautilus Inc., Hyperion Air LLC, and Poplar Inc.

From 2001 to 2018, Epstein and associates flew girls from other countries to the Virgin Islands, then moved them by boat and helicopter to Epstein's property on Little St. James. The assets on the island are estimated to be worth approximately $500 million.

In the suit, prosecutors allege Epstein used his private islands and other resources to conduct a "trafficking pyramid scheme".

The suit also details the event where a victim attempted to escape the island by swimming away after being forced to perform sex acts with a number of Epstein's affiliates.

"We will not remain complacent, and we will enforce our laws", George said.

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The lawsuit is the first filed against Epstein's estate by a government and could do a lot to restore the region's tainted reputation as an adult playground with no consequences for the rich and powerful.

What's more, Epstein allegedly kept a computerized database to track the movements of the girls. "It's that the laws apply equally".

Late last month, a woman who claims she was just 14 when she had a sexual encounter with Epstein at his mansion in Florida sued for coercion, inflicting emotional distress and battery.

The complaint said Mr Epstein kept a computerised database to track girls who could be sent to Little St James, which he bought in 1998 as "the ideal hideaway" to traffic them "for sexual servitude, child abuse and sexual assault".

Although he was required to register as a sex offender in the Virgin Islands after pleading guilty in a Florida case, Epstein successfully turned away Virgin Islands officials and U.S. Marshals from Little St. James, saying its dock was his front door.

The isolated nature of Little St. James, two miles off the coast of St. Thomas, made it hard for the government to check in on his activities there.

The lawsuit targets Epstein's estate, several LLCs and corporations controlled by Epstein, and unnamed John and Jane Does whose identities or involvement with Epstein is now unknown.

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