Secretary of Labor Takes Heat for Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Case
In 2005, an investigation occurred for American financier Jeffery Epstein, who was accused of involvement in a sex trafficking conspiracy. Then, in 2008, prosecutors made a deal with Epstein who was able to avoid prosecution and instead spent a year in Palm Beach jail. He was allowed to leave six days a week to go to work.
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta served as the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2005-2009 and is now under criticism for allowing this deal to occur.
On July 6, Jefferey Epstein was arrested for one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking minors, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York.
According to the Indictment:
“JEFFREY EPSTEIN enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, dozens of minor girls to visit his mansion in New York, New York (the ‘New York Residence’), and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida (the ‘Palm Beach Residence’), to engage in sex acts with him, after which he would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash. In order to maintain and increase his supply of victims, EPSTEIN also paid certain victims to recruit additional underage girls whom he could similarly abuse. In this way, EPSTEIN created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis, in locations including New York and Palm Beach.”
Many Democrats want Acosta to resign as Secretary of Labor.
On Tuesday, President Trump defended his Secretary of Labor to the media and continuously stated that Acosta is “very good” at his job, but would be looking at the details of the case “very closely.”
Although Trump once referred to as Epstein as a “terrific guy,” Trump cut off communication with him nearly 15 years ago. In the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump referred to former U.S. President Bill Clinton as a “nice guy,” but stated that he could face a lot of problems with “the famous island, with Jeffrey Epstein. A lot of problems.”
Acosta is set to hold a press conference on Wednesday to defend his handling of the sex-trafficking case.
“I do hear that there were a lot of people involved in that decision not just him, I can only say this from what I know and I do know is that he has been a really great Secretary of Labor,” Trump said.
Secretary Acosta recently tweeted, “The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence. With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.”
There have now been hashtags created on Twitter called #AcostaMustGo or #AcostaMustResign and people are sharing why they believe the Secretary of Labor should be dismissed.
The FBI is now asking any other victims to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL FBI in reference to this case.