This is disturbing…
Notorious sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested again on additional charges of sex trafficking and it could rock Washington D.C.
He was arrested on Saturday on charges that he trafficked minors between 2002 – 2005 in new York and Florida, The Daily Beast reported.
The arrest, by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force, comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida.
For more than a decade, Epstein’s alleged abuse of minors has been the subject of lawsuits brought by victims, investigations by local and federal authorities, and exposés in the press. But despite the attention cast on his alleged sex crimes, the hedge-funder has managed to avoid any meaningful jail time, let alone federal charges.
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.
“It’s been a long time coming—it’s been too long coming,” David Boies, attorney for alleged Epstein victims Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome said.
“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 said.
Epstein used his wealth, power, influence and powerful friends to avert justice the first time her was charged, The Miami Herald reported.
And now the list of potential DC heavyweights who could be in the crosshairs from their ties to Epstein has Twitter talking.
“This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice. It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats,” Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, said.
Src: The Federalist Papers