Virgin Islands suit alleges decadeslong abuse by Epstein

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein donated more than $700,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visited campus at least nine times after being convicted of sex crimes in 2008, according to new findings from a law firm hired to investigate Epstein's ties with the elite school. MIT President L. Rafael Reif called the findings a sharp reminder of human fallibility and its consequences. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein donated more than $700,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visited campus at least nine times after being convicted of sex crimes in 2008, according to new findings from a law firm hired to investigate Epstein's ties with the elite school. MIT President L. Rafael Reif called the findings a sharp reminder of human fallibility and its consequences. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File) (New York State Sex Offender Registry)

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.