More than a dozen women — some speaking through tears — described how the disgraced financier stole their dreams and robbed them of their innocence, urging prosecutors to go after co-conspirators including Britain's Prince Andrew.
Epstein, a convicted sex offender who befriended many celebrities and politicians, was found dead in jail from an apparent suicide as he awaited trial on federal charges that he trafficked underage girls for sex.
Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.
US government and FBI launched probes as politicians, law enforcement officials and alleged victims expressed shock that Epstein could take his own life when a reported failed suicide attempt 2 weeks ago meant he should have been under close watch.
As the head of a globally-regarded NGO that claimed to provide shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand, Mickey Choothesa’s story took an unexpected turn during a documentary filming.
Jeffrey Epstein, a well-connected financier whose friends have included President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew, was convicted previously of paying young girls for sexual massages.
Although sex work is allowed in much of Mexico, states have different and sometimes unclear rules, meaning workers frequently operate in legal vacuums which can leave them vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking.
A survey by the UN had found that human trafficking cases have reached a record-high in recent years, with armed conflict and displacement being major drivers of human trafficking.
Sexual abuse in the humanitarian sector has become widespread and systemic with little recognition of the problem. It's time to lift the lid.
The British government estimates that at least 13,000 people are victims of forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say the true figure is likely far higher.
Over 50 percent of girls were smuggled from West Bengal state on Nepalese passports to the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Indian non-profit says.
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