Federal prosecutors have resurrected a federal sex crimes case against the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein by focusing on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls at his mansion in Manhattan — more than a decade after a widely criticized plea deal shielded him from similar charges in Florida. Federal prosecutors unsealed the new charges on Monday accusing Mr. Epstein , 66, of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to his Upper East Side home and to a mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Epstein, 66, is accused of engaging in sex acts with minors, some as young as 14, during naked massage sessions, then paying them hundreds of dollars in cash, the indictment said. He also asked some of the girls to recruit other underage girls.
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The government of the U. Virgin Islands on Wednesday sued the estate of late accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, alleging the wealthy investor raped and otherwise sexually abused young women and girls — as young as 12 years old — at his secluded private island getaways in that territory. Epstein's criminal enterprise — from through — "facilitated The girls, ranging in age from 12 to 17 years old, were "deceptively lured" and recruited "with money and promises of employment, career opportunities and school assistance" to the Virgin Islands, where Epstein and other abusers "participated in sexual acts of rape and abuse of minors," the suit claims. While on the island, the girls sometimes had their passports taken away, barred from communicating with people not on the islands and were threatened with violence, according to the suit. Abuse victims then were forced "to recruit others to perform services and engage in sexual acts — a trafficking pyramid scheme," according to the suit, which was filed five months after Epstein fatally hung himself while in a Manhattan jail awaiting trial on federal child sex trafficking charges.
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We're going to turn now to a story that some listeners might find disturbing. It's about sexual abuse - specifically, among the Amish. That's a traditional Christian group based in rural areas in the Mid and Northwest, which many people might know by their adherence to plain dress and a simple lifestyle. Sarah McClure is an investigative journalist who spent a year reporting on sexual abuse among the Amish.