‘When you are in, you can’t get out.’ Women describe how Jeffrey Epstein controlled them
Jeffrey Epstein was well known for his victimization of young teenage girls, but he also had a process that lured young women, many barely of age, into his world of sex trafficking and sexual abuse.
For two decades, Jeffrey Epstein built a sex trafficking enterprise that reached across state borders and spanned the globe. Using an almost bottomless quarry of wealth and connections, he not only employed recruiters around the world, but enlisted the help of an array of seemingly legitimate people — from hairdressers to psychiatrists to immigration lawyers and dentists.
Even doctors who prescribed his victims birth control and screened them for sexually transmitted diseases.
While many of his survivors were underage, there were countless others who were 18 to 23, a group of women who have been reluctant to come forward because, despite the ordeal they went through, they are ashamed and believe that the public doesn’t look at them as victims at all.
But a closer look at Epstein’s sex trafficking operation sheds new light on how the multimillionaire and his accomplices perfected a process to sexually exploit and abuse young women that was so organized — and so apparently acceptable to many of those around Epstein — that his victims, even those above the age of consent, came to believe that it was almost normal.
“Not one person helped us,’’ said Sarah Ransome, a native of South Africa who successfully sued Epstein and his then-partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, in 2017 for trafficking her when she was 22. “Everyone around us had to know, because we looked so broken. But no one did anything.’’
Sarah Ransome talks about being drawn into Jeffrey Epstein’s world and becoming a victim of sex trafficking. The interview occurred in New York City, Aug. 29, 2019. Emily Michot EMICHOT@MIAMIHERALD.COM
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