The Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands has filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, alleging he transported underage girls to his secluded homes in the Caribbean from 2001 to 2018.
Attorney General Denise N. George claims that Epstein used private planes, helicopters, boats and vehicles to bring young women and girls to his home in Little St. James. She said the victims were “deceptively subjected to sexual servitude, forced to engage in sexual acts and coerced into commercial sexual activity and forced labor.”
“Epstein created a network of companies and individuals who participated in and conspired with him in a pattern of criminal activity related to the sex trafficking, forced labor, sexual assault, child abuse, and sexual servitude of these young women and children,” George said.
The lawsuit claims that Epstein took advantage of his secluded home so “Epstein and his associates could avoid detection of their illegal activity from Virgin Islands and federal law enforcement, and prevent these young women and underage girls from leaving freely and escaping the abuse.”
“This lawsuit focuses on conduct that happened here in the Virgin Islands in violation of Virgin Islands law,” George said during a news conference. “The conduct described in our complaint … betrays the deepest principles and values of the government and the people of the Virgin Islands.”
As recently as 2018, air traffic controllers and airport workers said they saw Epstein leave his plane with younger girls, some of who looked between the ages of 11 and 18.
The suit claims that one 15-year-old victim was forced to have sex with Epstein and others and then tried to escape by swimming off Little St. James. However, Epstein and others organized a search party and found her.
Another victim who was originally hired to give massages to Epstein was forced to perform sex acts at Little St. James. When she tried to escape the island, Epstein and a search party found her and told her that they would physically restrain her if she didn’t obey them.
Little St. James is about two miles from St. Thomas and has no other residents. It can only be visited by private boats or helicopters.