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8 Jul 2019

Financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking

Scotland Correspondent

American financier Jeffrey Epstein, once a friend of Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, has been charged with federal sex trafficking offences involving minors.

Epstein previously pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in Florida, in a deal to avoid federal charges.

The resulting jail term of 13 months was widely criticised as too lenient. Today he has been charged with abusing dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, as well as paying some of his victims to recruit more girls to be similarly abused.

Within the last hour, he’s pleaded not guilty to those charges.

And a warning: this report contains some distressing themes.