Will We Ever Know How Many Girls serial child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, [Ghislaine Maxwell & others] Abused? thecut.com/2019/07/how-ma…
Since Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest last week, we’ve been inundated with disturbing revelations about how he allegedly abused underage girls for years in plain sight. thecut.com/2019/07/jeffre…
The case is full of horrifying details, from Epstein’s elite social circle... nymag.com/intelligencer/…
to his private “Pedophile Island,”...
...to the close relationship between Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Donald Trump and others.

But the part of the story that’s often missing is the voices of young girls , now women, who Epstein [and Maxwell] groomed, sexually abused, trafficked and raped
This is partly by design. Epstein and his lawyers have worked for years to keep his victims out of the press. According to the Miami Herald, Epstein’s accusers have already filed two-dozen lawsuits against him, some dating back at least as far as 2009. miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
None of these suits ever went to trial

In the past, Epstein’s lawyers have tried to discredit his victims — many of whom are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds — by claiming that the girls lied about their ages or made up allegations to extract money.
Epstein’s 2008 plea deal — which allowed him to avoid federal prosecution by pleading guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in a Florida state court — was negotiated in secret, without informing Epstein’s victims.
That was intentional: The Herald reported that Epstein’s legal team’s demands were often focused on shutting out victims to try to make the scandal go away as quietly as possible.
“As soon as that deal was signed, they silenced my voice and the voices of all of Jeffrey Epstein’s other victims,” Courtney Wild, one of Epstein’s accusers, told the Herald last fall.
Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that Florida prosecutors broke the law by making the plea deal without the victims’ knowledge. nytimes.com/2019/02/21/us/…
At Epstein’s bail hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said that since Epstein’s arrest, several new victims have approached investigators — washingtonpost.com/national-secur…
and at least two more have come forward since Epstein was denied bail.
Here’s everything we know about Epstein’s victims...
(Bear with me— I’m including related info/docs and threads so this thread will be a slower build than usual 🤓)
Estimates of the total number of girls allegedly abused by Epstein varies, with accounts ranging from a few dozen to over 100. However, it seems likely that the total number of victims is much higher.
Investigations into Epstein began in March 2005, after the parents of a 14-year-old girl told Palm Beach police that Epstein had molested their daughter at his home. (Attachment: graphic/trigger warning)
According to the @MiamiHerald, by 2008, when Epstein was granted his now-infamous plea deal, federal prosecutors had identified 36 underage victims. miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
Julie K. Brown, @jkbjournalist the @MiamiHerald journalist who published a series of articles on Epstein, told the NYT that early in the process of reporting, she received a heavily redacted police report that mentioned more than 100 Jane Does nytimes.com/2019/07/09/bus…
November 2018, @jkbjournalist reported that the Herald had identified about 80 women who said they were molested or sexually abused by Epstein between 2001- 2006.

She was able to locate around 60 —
8 agreed to be interviewed. miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
Courtney Wild, who first met Epstein in 2002, when she was 14, told the @MiamiHerald that by the time she was 16, she “had probably brought him 70 to 80 girls who were all 14 and 15 years old.”
Wild said Epstein told her he wanted girls “as young as I could find them” and that “he wanted as many girls as I could get him. It was never enough.” Other have testified in civil court that hundreds of girls were brought to Epstein’s homes. miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
Michelle Licata is among 36 women who were officially identified by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office as victims of Epstein prior to 2008

But after the FBI case was closed in 2008, witnesses & victims testified in civil court that there were 100s of girls who were brought to Epstein’s homes, including girls from Europe, Latin America and former Soviet Republic countries.

France: 12 yr old girls. #epstein #childsextrafficking
South America #Epstein #childsextrafficking
deposition excerpts: Ross (1) and Vasquez (2-4)
Sergio Cordero: “model scout” for Models of the World Inc, based in Coral Gables FL, parent co: based in Puerto Rico. Dissolved in 2014. Never filed annual reports.

Four of Epstein’s accusers spoke to the Miami Herald on the record last fall: Courtney Wild, Michelle Licata, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Jena-Lisa Jones, who are now all in their 30s.
Other survivors who have since come forward include Sarah Ransome, Maria Farmer, Annie Farmer, and Jennifer Araoz, as well as an unknown number of Jane Does.
Some of the women Epstein abused as children did not survive.
The Herald reported last week that since Epstein’s arrest, at least a dozen new victims have come forward with allegations. thecut.com/2019/07/more-w…
Epstein has settled lawsuits with Wild, Licata, Giuffre, and Ransome, among others.
Courtney Wild has been fighting for justice since 2011, when she and another Jane Doe sued the federal government to challenge Epstein’s 2008 NPA, claiming that, by not informing victims of the deal, prosecutors violated the CVRA

A judge ruled in their favor earlier this year.
Courtney Wild told the Herald that at the time she met Epstein, her mother was on drugs and couldn’t provide for her. miamiherald.com/news/local/art…
In a press conference on, Wild urged other Epstein victims to come forward

“To every victim out there...I know what you’re going through...You are not alone...As long as the victims speak up...he isn’t going to get away this time...”

“The time is now”

Courtney Wild was only 14 and in braces when Epstein began sexually abusing her
Michelle Licata first met Epstein when she was 16 and a sophomore at Palm Beach High School.
At his Palm Beach home, Epstein took off 16 yr old Michelle Licata’s bra, touching her with one hand and masturbating with the other. “He kept trying to put his fingers inside me and told me to pinch his nipples,” Licata told the Herald.
At Epstein’s arraignment, Michelle Licata felt some relief:
Jena-Lisa Jones was 14 when she was introduced to Epstein

She was paid $200 by him for a massage

“...$200 — that’s a lot of money at 14 years old,” Jones said, adding that the other girls she knew who visited Epstein came from “trailer parks..having gun shootings.”
Epstein told 14 yr old Jena-Lisa to take off all of her clothes and he fondled her during the massage.
“You beat yourself up mentally and physically. You can't ever stop your thoughts. A word can trigger something. For me, it is the word 'pure' because he called me 'pure' in that room and then I remember what he did to me in that room."

Jena-Lisa Jones
abused by Epstein at 14yrs
Jones, now 30, said she’s been in therapy for ten years and has never told her therapist about Epstein’s abuse when she was only 14.

“Nobody talked about it...If I told anybody, they’d be like, You’re a whore, you wanted money, why would you do that? Nobody would understand.”
Virginia Roberts Giuffre was working at Mar-a-Lago when she was recruited by Ghislaine Maxwell to be a masseuse for Epstein. Describing her life before Epstein, she told the Herald, “I went from an abusive situation, to being a runaway, to living in foster homes.”
In court documents, Giuffre said she was forced to have sex with Epstein and lent out to his friends, including Prince Andrew and Epstein’s attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.
In 2015, Giuffre filed a defamation lawsuit against Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged recruiter, who has repeatedly called Giuffre’s allegations “entirely false.” Maxwell settled with Giuffre, who is represented by David Boies, in 2017.
In April of this year, Giuffre filed a defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz, with whom she alleges she had sexual intercourse at least six times, starting when she was 16.
Dershowitz denies this and told the Herald last fall: “I am the victim. David Boies and these women are the perpetrators. They have willfully and deliberately concocted stories in order to make money — millions and millions of dollars.”🙄
Sarah Ransome, who says she was introduced to Epstein in 2006, when she was 22, filed an affidavit as part of Giuffre’s lawsuit against Dershowitz.
Ransome alleges that, soon after meeting Epstein, he flew her to a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered her to have sex with Dershowitz and various other guests.
Maria Farmer also filed an affidavit as part of Giuffre’s suit in April. She says she met Epstein and Maxwell in New York City in 1995, when she was 26 and a grad student.
Farmer alleges that, the following year, the pair sexually assaulted her at Les Wexner’s mansion in Ohio and molested her underage sister at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.
Maria Farmer Affidavit:

Why didn’t the Sheriff’s Dept in Ohio near Wexne’s mansion answer her call?
“I have struggled throughout my life
as a direct result of Epstein & Maxwell’s actions against me & my hope is that they will be held accountable for their crimes,”
“While I am still afraid, I am coming forward because I think it is so important to do so.” — Maria Farmer, survivor of Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell
Wexner* ffs
My apologies: the photos in previous tweets are of Annie Farmer — Maria’s younger sister. As told in tweets above, both sisters were assaulted by Epstein & Maxwell
It was the testimony of the Farmer sisters and their mother that Ms @VickyPJWard was forced to remove from her 2003 piece prior to publication because, as she was told, “he’s sensitive about the girls...”
Jennifer Araoz
July 10, days after Epstein’s arrest, Jennifer Araoz appeared on the Today show, where she told Savannah Guthrie that she was 14 when a woman recruited her outside her New York City high school and introduced her to Epstein
For the next year, teenaged Jennifer Araoz went to Epstein’s townhouse once or twice a week to massage him in her underwear.

One day, Epstein told her to take off her underwear and get on top of him.
When Jennifer declined,
Epstein raped the teen.

After the attack, Araoz suffered from intense anxiety and panic attacks and dropped out of school. She says she regrets not coming forward earlier.
What About the Girls Who Were Involved in “Recruiting” Other Girls?
Epstein allegedly offered girls a “bounty” for bringing other underage girls into his orbit, which police say operated like a sexual pyramid scheme.
Wild told the Herald that by the time she was 16, she had brought Epstein more than 70 girls, “all ages 14, 15, 16 … people going from eighth grade to ninth grade,” who she recruited at school parties.
Giuffre said, “All Jeffrey cared about was, just bring me more girls. To me, still to this day, it is my biggest shame that I carry around that I will never get rid of.”
”I’m really, really sad that I brought other girls my age and even younger into a world that they should have never been introduced to.”
In 2005, when the parents of a 14-year-old who said she was molested by Epstein first went to the Palm Beach police, the girl told them that an older friend, Haley Robson, who was 19 at the time, had offered her way to make money and drove her to Epstein’s house one afternoon.
Virginia Roberts Giuffe, Sarah Ransome, Maria Farmer, and Annie Farmier are represented by Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Courtney Wild and Michelle Licata are represented by Edwards Pottinger LLC, which also represents an unknown number of Jane Does.
(Last week, the Herald reported that at least five victims had reached out to Brad Edwards and Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola, both of whom have represented Epstein’s victims in the past.)
Jennifer Araoz is represented by Daniel Kaiser. Lisa Bloom tweeted this week that she is representing three Epstein accusers.
There’s power in numbers.
And there’s power in truth.

“If the victims come forward, he won’t get away this time...”
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