Instead, Miami federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta offered the rich man a deal. He would plead guilty to just two charges of prostitution involving one 14-year-old girl. An ongoing FBI investigation would be shut down. He would serve 13 months.
Hundreds of girls. Thirteen months.
You read all this in an escalating fury. But you literally don’t know who or what to be angriest about.
There’s Epstein, of course, seen in his mugshot smirking at the camera. There’s Sarah Kellen Vickers, who allegedly scheduled his “massages.” There’s British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly (she denies it) organized sex parties and taught girls to perform to Epstein’s satisfaction. There’s a culture that, when faced with acts of exploitation and rape against women and girls, ponders how it can make the problem go away so as not to inconvenience the men.
And there’s Acosta, who worked with Epstein’s attorneys to shield this from the press, who failed to notify victims about the deal, though federal law required him to, who called a 14-year-old victim a “child prostitute.” As human-rights attorney Yasmin Vafa told the Herald, “There is no such thing as a child prostitute. Under federal law, it’s called child sex trafficking.”
And that 13-month sentence? Epstein served it in a private wing of the local jail. Though sex offenders aren’t allowed work release, he was permitted to spend 12 hours a day, six days a week, at his office.
Finally, save some fury for a system — and society — that obviously regards some of us as throwaway people to be given throwaway justice, the eloquent lies of the blindfolded lady with the scales notwithstanding.
As Courtney Wild, who met Epstein when she was 14 and still wearing braces, told the Herald, “He went after girls who he thought no one would listen to, and he was right.”
For the record: Vickers went on to marry a NASCAR driver. Maxwell runs an environmental nonprofit. Acosta is our secretary of labor. Epstein, who faces a civil suit on Dec. 4, lives on a private island and travels by private jet.
Meantime, Courtney Wild grew up to work as a stripper and became addicted to drugs. In 2016, she was arrested for trafficking amphetamines.
She was sentenced to three years.
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