Hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein charged with allegedly running a worldwide trafficking ring

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Demonstrators hold signs aloft protesting Jeffrey Epstein, as he awaits arraignment in the Southern District of New York on charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, in New York, U.S., July 8, 2019. Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Multi-millionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was charged today with sex trafficking. He pled not guilty and was denied bail.  

Last fall, a Miami Herald investigation identified at least 60 women who said Epstein abused them. The women said that as teenagers, they were lured to his mansion and forced into sex acts, then told to find more young girls for him. 

More than a decade ago, Epstein avoided federal charges by making a secret plea with then-Florida federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta. He pled guilty to minor state crimes, and served about a year in a county jail. Alexander Acosta is now Labor Secretary. 

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Vicky Ward - investigative reporter for New York Times; author of “Kushner Inc.”

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