Jeffrey Epstein allegedly transported underage girls to his secluded homes in the US Virgin Islands and forced them into sex work from 2001 through 2018, according to a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands.
The island's government aims to seize Little Saint James and its sister island, Great Saint James, also owned by Epstein. George said prosecutors uncovered a web or organizations and entities which helped Epstein traffick young women and underage girls as young as 13 years old. He was convicted in 2008 for solicitation in Florida.
To preserve that privacy and seclusion, Epstein went so far as to spend more than $20 million on Great St. James, the nearest island to Little St. James in a bid "to ensure the island didn't become a base from which others could view their activities or visitors".
The lawsuit alleges that even after Epstein's August suicide in federal detention in NY, his associates "continued to conspire to prevent detection of the Epstein Enterprise's criminal wrongdoing and to prevent accountability".
One of the victims, according to the suit, attempted to escape Epstein's island by swimming away after she was forced into sex acts with one of Epstein's co-conspirators, according to The Times.
He is also accused of using fake visas to traffic women and girls, several of them aspiring models, in and out of the island territory and using a computerised database in order to track his victims' movements on his island. Epstein, a registered sex offender, claimed the island's dock as his "front door" to block the visit. If the government wins, it could take the assets recovered and give them to the people he victimized in the area, George said.
"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. The disgraced financier bought the island in 2016 for $18 million.
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. "It doesn't matter the social status of the person".
Court documents show that Epstein skirted the law in the U.S. Virgin Islands as late as July 2018.
In that case, she was captured and had her passport confiscated by Epstein, the suit claims. The lawsuit, filed in Palm Beach County, asks for an undisclosed amount of money.