A breaking news story originally reported on by the Daily Beast reveals that Jeffery Epstein was arrested on Child Sex Trafficking charges in New Jersey on Saturday, after his private jet landed back from a trip to Paris.
The Daily Beast reports:
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, according to three law enforcement sources.
Saturday’s 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. (Source)
Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” which describes alleged flights to places like his Caribbean Island resort have been reported for years as carrying rich and famous people participating in child sex trafficking.
See this report by the Daily Mail from 2015.
Epstein escaped stiff sentencing in a 2007 and 2008 federal investigation, leading many to conclude that he was “untouchable” due to his connections with wealthy and powerful people.
Mr. Epstein, 66, had avoided federal criminal charges in 2007 and 2008 in a widely criticized plea deal whose lenient terms continue to roil the Justice Department and are facing new scrutiny in the #MeToo era.
Before the plea deal, Mr. Epstein, a former hedge-fund manager, had been friendly with Donald J. Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
He pleaded guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting prostitution, served 13 months in a county lockup and registered as a sex offender. His jail arrangement allowed him to get out of the Palm Beach County Stockade six days a week to work out of his office. (Source)
Just a few days before Epstein’s arrest on Saturday, a federal appeals court ordered that 167 documents in a previous lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein should be unsealed—and that many of his powerful friends could be named.
A federal appeals court Wednesday ordered that 167 documents in a lawsuit that alleges famously well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein participated in a sex-trafficking ring should be unsealed—and that many of his powerful friends could be named.
In its 27-page decision, the court cited the public’s right to access the case information outweighed the privacy of certain individuals, “including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well‐known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”
Virginia Guiffre (now Roberts) filed the lawsuit against Ghislane Maxwell, alleging that she had used her as part of a sex trafficking network of underage girls to Epstein and a number of his famous friends, including his lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew.
Both men denied the accusations.
Dershowitz has supported unsealing the documents, according to the Daily Beast.
The documents will not be immediately available, as anonymous individuals involved in the case have two weeks to file appeals.
The court advised the documents be read carefully. “We therefore urge the media to exercise restraint in covering potentially defamatory allegations, and we caution the public to read such accounts with discernment,” wrote the court in its decision. (Source)
Trump’s Past Links to Epstein
With the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media’s vehement hatred towards President Trump, it is not surprising to see headlines make Trump’s former associations with Jeffrey Epstein a bigger headline than Epstein’s arrest itself.
Here are some facts the corporate media is probably not reporting to balance out their obviously biased reporting against the President.
First, the arrest was made by federal agents from the Southern District of New York Criminal Division, and the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force.
So Epstein’s arrest originated from the Trump Administration.
And these actions are consistent with the Trump Administration, as this administration has arrested more people involved in human sex trafficking than any of his predecessors, and yet the corporate media seldom reports this.
In a December 3, 2018 article by Marc Fisher of the Washington Post, Fisher reports:
Trump barred Epstein from Mar-a-Lago “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” according to court documents… (Source)
Speaking at a Conservative event during the 2016 elections, Trump was asked about former President Bill Clinton, and Trump responded by pointing out Bill Clinton’s alleged involvement with Jeffrey Epstein’s Caribbean Island:
Child Sex Trafficking is a Non-partisan Issue We Should All Agree to Fight Against
This past July 4th weekend’s other big news story was the California earthquakes. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, and expressed his gratitude to President Trump for his support, making it clear that there are certain issues where partisan politics have no place, because the needs of the American people come first.
Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days.
Speaking to reporters after touring the damage zone, Newsom said Saturday that he and Trump talked about the struggles California has been through, including two devastating wildfires that happened just six months ago.
The Democratic governor said “there’s no question we don’t agree on everything, but one area where there’s no politics, where we work extremely well together, is our response to emergencies.”
“He’s committed in the long haul, the long run, to help support the rebuilding efforts,” Newsom said of Trump. (Source)
Indeed! And if two men on such polar opposites of the political spectrum can agree to come together to help hurting Americans devastated by the tragedy of an earthquake, how much more so to put an end to child sex trafficking?
While President Trump is not above the law and should be treated equal with anyone else if there is evidence of him being involved in sex trafficking in the past, this current issue should not be used by partisan politics to attack the President who just had his administration arrest one of the alleged most notorious child sex trafficking criminals who has yet to be contained.
As we have reported numerous times here on Health Impact News, Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system are the main pipeline to child sex trafficking, with the vast majority of children being sexually trafficked coming out of this system.
Federal agents from the Trump Administration were the ones who finally arrested David Frodsham, an Arizona foster parent for over 12 years, who was convicted for operating a pornographic pedophile ring based out of his state-approved foster home.
It was also the Trump Administration that helped pass a law that allowed them to go after Arizona residents Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin who ran the website Backpage, which a Senate report stated:
“Backpage is involved in 73 percent of all child trafficking reports that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children receives from the general public.”
Federal agents under the Trump administration shut down the website Backpage, and seized hundreds of millions of dollars in bank accounts around the world allegedly used in human sex trafficking.
If the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein leads to the revealing and arresting of the rich and powerful people controlling the child sex trafficking business, which is reported to exceed BOTH the illegal drugs and illegal guns trade with billions of dollars being earned for selling kids for sex, maybe we can put a dent into one of the most evil reasons children are routinely taken away from their homes by the State today.