A Story of Underage Trafficking & Abuse
by a man with money and power
The Nov. 29, 2018 edition of the New York Times tells how a rich and powerful man, Jeffery Epstein, struck a deal to avoid federal criminal charges for his crimes of sexual abuse and trafficking. He avoided a federal indictment and served only 13 months ",,,in the Palm Beach County Stockade — the local jail — under an extraordinary arrangement that allowed him to leave and work out of his office six days a week."
The NY Times says, "The sordid case against Jeffrey E. Epstein, who was accused of paying dozens of underage girls for sexual massages in Florida, appeared to end a decade ago. The wealthy New York financier struck a deal to avoid any federal criminal charges, enraging some of his victims who got no say in the agreement, which they deemed far too lenient." The article goes on to tell that "...young women described how Mr. Epstein had solicited girls as young as 14 and 15 for nude massages, which sometimes ended in masturbation, oral sex or, in at least one case, forcible rape.
The encounters took place from 1999 to 2005 in Mr. Epstein’s mansions in Palm Beach, New York and the United States Virgin Islands. Some of the girls were runaways or foster children without permanent homes; in some cases, Mr. Epstein would ask them to recruit other girls, his victims told the police."
It looks like justice may still happen because "...the victims and their lawyers have continued to fight in civil court, long after Mr. Epstein, who pleaded guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting prostitution, completed his sentence in a county lockup, registered as a sex offender and became a free man.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week in a West Palm Beach, Fla., courtroom for a civil trial that — for the first time — could give Mr. Epstein’s victims, who are now adults, a chance to publicly testify about their attempts to win justice after the sexual abuse they endured as children."
Let's pray for justice in this case and other cases in which "deals" have been struck that favor the powerful and devalue the child victim. And let's pray for the victims that endured the abuse and still carry the emotional scars of it.
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Comfort & Joy" event is this week!
Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018; 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA
What: Buffet Dinner, beverages, dessert. Semi-formal atttire suggested
Cost: $75 per person
Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door)