HAVANA – A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein used two private islands in the U.S. territory to engage in a nearly two-decade conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls.
At one point, the suit filed Wednesday alleges, Epstein and associates organized a search party to catch a 15-year-old victim trying to swim away, and kept her passport to keep her captive.
The lawsuit seeks to confiscate hundreds of millions of dollars from Epstein's estate in the Virgin Islands, including private islands Little St. James and Great St. James, which the suit values at $86 million.
“The complaint speaks for itself and lays out allegations of a pattern and practice of human trafficking, sexual abuse and forced labor of young women and female children as young as 13 years old,” Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise N. George told reporters Wednesday.
The lawsuit alleges that even after Epstein's August suicide in federal detention in New York, his associates “continued to conspire to prevent detection of the Epstein Enterprise's criminal wrongdoing and to prevent accountability.”
“These conspiratorial acts are ongoing,” the lawsuit says.
The trust controlling Epstein's $577 million estate is based in the Virgin Islands.
The co-executors of Epstein's estate said Wednesday the estate “is being administered in accordance with the laws of the U.S. Virgin Islands.” They released a statement challenging the lawsuit's claim that Epstein victims must keep their claims confidential in order to participate in a voluntary compensation fund.