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New documents related to Epstein’s trafficking operation released

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As a result of a settled lawsuit involving one of his victims, hundreds of court documents related to Jeffrey Epstein have been made public in batches over the span of multiple years. 

These documents break down the events of Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, in which the sexual abuse and trafficking of over 150 underage girls took place. The most recent records mention the people in contact with Epstein, who was arrested on charges of sex trafficking in 2019 and killed himself in prison while awaiting trial . At this time, there is a fine line dividing those named in the documents who claim ignorance and those who were clearly associated with his international sex-trafficking operation.

Julie K. Brown, an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald, has written extensively about the Epstein trafficking story. Her reporting exposed the magnitude of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation; today, we are aware that Epstein’s sex trafficking ring was an international operation because of her work. In an interview with PBS, she shared a breakdown of the information found in each batch of documents.  

The documents pertaining to Epstein first became available at the start of a lawsuit filed in pursuit of the documents. They revealed the names of Epstein’s associates, many of whom are big names, including Prince Andrew, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Brown discusses the possibility that many more of Epstein’s associates are guilty of crimes, including his pilots, assistants and business partners.

At this point, there are only a few people who were charged for the exploitation of over 150 young girls. The new batch of documents does recognize the fact that there were more people taking advantage of the young girls, yet it’s difficult to pinpoint whether an associate of his took part in his illegal activities and to what extent, as there has not been much of a paper trail. Flight logs that reveal the names of many celebrities who flew with Epstein are not conclusive evidence that they participated in his trafficking ring.

One way that Tualatin High School (TuHS) students have learned about the Epstein case is through an episode of a podcast called The Red Thread, hosted by popular YouTubers Penguinz0 and Wendigoon, titled “05: Jeffrey Epstein.” After listening to this episode, one student commented on the story.

“It is so crazy to me that there are so many famous celebrities involved,” the anonymous TuHS student said.  “[Yet] I’ve never seen anyone hold them accountable for it.” 

Only time will tell if more arrests will come out of this case.



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