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    Who Was Jeffrey Epstein And What Happened On His ‘Paedophile Island’?

    Jeffrey Epstein is back in the headlines again as entire America eagerly anticipates the big reveal of the names of his accomplices shrouded in secrecy for decades. Epstein first gained global limelight about a decade ago for the notorious ‘Paedophile Island’, which went on to become a vital part of his heinous sex trafficking activities.

    Also known as the Little St. Jeff, the island was bought in 1998 by Epstein from venture capitalist Arch Cummin via a shell company for under $8 million. The locals there later named it the ‘Paedophile Island’ after witnessing the vulgar activities that went on there. Here’s all you need to know about Epstein and his island.

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    Who Was Jeffrey Epstein?

    Jeffrey Epstein had procured an influential circle (Image: Getty)

    Jeffrey Epstein was an American financier and later became an infamous convicted sex offender for a  sex scandal that went down in history as one of the biggest. Epstein used to teach at the Dalton School before entering the banking and finance sector, though he does not have a college degree. He eventually went on to start his own firm and became quite successful.

    Born on January 20, 1953, in New York City, Epstein managed to create an influential social circle after he became successful. He eventually used his power to sexually abuse women and children on a 75-acre private island in the US Virgin Island, which he dubbed ‘Little St. Jeff’.

    In 2005, an investigation was launched against Epstein after a parent reported sexual abuse of her 14-year-old daughter. The situation got worse for Epstein from there onwards as the federal officials identified thirty-six girls, some as young as 14, claiming that he sexually abused them.

    In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to pushing a child into prostitution and soliciting a prostitute. He served almost thirteen months then with a work release. However, he was arrested on July 6, 2019, again on federal charges of sex trafficking minors. Epstein died in jail on August 10, 2019, which was officially ruled a suicide by hanging.

    While Epstein left the world, he left many questions regarding the case unanswered. A plethora of conspiracy theories and controversies surround his death. While the criminal charges against him were dismissed posthumously, the case remains a matter of curiosity.

    Epstein’s association with Ghislaine Maxwell led to her 2021 conviction for sex trafficking and conspiracy. Now the case has gained traction again as hundreds of sealed court filings about the case are set to be made public this week. It is speculated that several high-profile names including Britain’s Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton are expected to appear in the documents.

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    What Happened On Jeffrey Epstein’s Island?

    Jeffrey Epstein’s Island (Image: Variety)

    After Epstein bought it in 1998, the island underwent extensive modifications. He replaced the native vegetation with palm trees, which followed the construction of buildings and several remodeled projects.  

    The satellite images of the island showed a sprawling network of terraces, cottages, beach houses, swimming pools, docks, utility buildings, a helipad, a tennis court, slipways, and various huts — all connected by palm-lined roads. Epstein’s manor stood at one end of the island, while at the other end stood a blue and white striped structure, often referred to as a “temple.”  

    Probe suggested that Epstein would use it as a private study and music room, adding another layer of mystique to the infamous island.

    Epstein strategically also bought the surrounding islands, which was to shield Little St. James from surveillance. He consequently had full control over the privacy and control of the island with a staff of about 70 bound to strict secrecy managing the place.

    The criminal complaint against Epstein later characterized the island as “the perfect hideaway and haven for trafficking young women and underage girls for sexual servitude, child abuse, and sexual assault.” While it was proved that all sorts of sexual crimes were committed on the island, it transformed after it was under scrutiny in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial which lasted for about two decades.

    The island was later sold after the case colled down, and is now set to become a luxury home. An investment firm led by billionaire Stephen Deckoff acquired the ‘Paedophile Island’, as well as the surrounding islands that Epstein owned, for $60 million.

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