US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking

US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking
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Epstein was arrested in New York and appeared in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media, APA reports citing Reuters.

66-year-old hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who was previously investigated on more than one sex abuse charges, has been indicted Monday following his arrest on Saturday on a number of counts of alleged sex trafficking and abuse of minors. 

Epstein was detained in New York and accused of the trafficking and abuse of dozens of girls he knew were underage at his homes in New York State and Florida between 2002 and 2005, prompting Attorney David Boies, who represents several of Epstein's accusers, to refer to Saturday's arrest as "an important step toward getting justice for the many victims of Mr. Epstein's sex trafficking enterprise."

He earlier reached a controversial plea deal in Florida over the same case, thereby avoiding prosecution on the said charges. The deal has been since challenged in court by a number of Epstein's accusers, who argued they had been denied a chance to voice their testimony, in violation of the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act.

Faiq Mahmudov

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