Disgraced British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of aiding and abetting late pedophile and financier Jeffrey Epstein in his abuse of young girls, will once again make headlines on Monday night when an interview she gave from a Florida prison is shown on British television.
Who was Epstein exactly? What happened to the two Virgin Islands properties he owned? And who has title to them now that Epstein has passed away? Visitors to Epstein’s islands came from all walks of life and all levels of society, arriving via private jet and then taking a helicopter to reach their destination.
The dog was referred to as “Little St. Jeff” by its owner. This island was dubbed “Paedophile Island” by the locals. What, though, is the reality of Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire sex abuser, at his former home in Little St. James, a 75-acre private paradise in the US Virgin Islands?
The US Virgin Islands’ attorney general, who is attempting to seize Little St. James as government property, has described it as “the perfect hideaway and haven for trafficking young women and underage girls for sexual servitude, child abuse, and sexual assault” in a criminal complaint.
According to the complaint, “Epstein and his associates could avoid detection of their illegal activity from the Virgin Islands and federal law enforcement and prevent these young women and underage girls from leaving freely and escaping the abuse” on this island.
In December, the island played a role in the sex trafficking trial of one Ghislaine Maxwell. On Tuesday, June 28th, a court found her guilty of five counts of sex trafficking and sentenced her to 20 years in prison and a $750,000 fine. Information about Little St. James and Epstein’s actions is detailed below.
If Jeffrey Epstein Has An Island, Where Is It, And What’s It Like?
Sheltered inlets and forested groves rise to dramatic windswept ridges and craggy cliffs on Little St. James, a small island in the clear blue waters of the US Virgin Islands.
It is located in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, off the coast of St. Thomas, one of the three main islands in the Caribbean. To prevent the German submarine base on the Virgin Islands from being used during World War I, the United States bought them from Denmark.
Since corporations and individuals operating out of these countries can take advantage of substantial tax breaks, many economists and financial analysts now consider them to be tax havens.
What Island Is Epstein Island?
East of Puerto Rico in the British Virgin Islands is Epstein Island, also known as Little Saint James. It is situated to the southeast of Great Saint James, another property that Epstein owned. According to Business Insider, Great Saint James covers 165 acres, while Little Saint James covers 72 acres.
According to Business Insider, Epstein Island featured five different structures, one of which was a villa-style building with guesthouses, a library, a bathhouse, a movie theater, and cabanas.
Even as recently as 2018, Jeffrey and Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly took girls as young as 11 and sexually abused them on Epstein Island. (Locals reportedly called it “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.”)
According to Business Insider, the FBI conducted a raid there after Epstein’s death in an attempt to gather evidence in the case against him.
A 2020 complaint alleges that he “trafficked, raped, sexually assaulted, and held captive underage girls and young women” on the island. The Guardian reported that this was the case.
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Using TikTok, An Urban Explorer Secretly Visits Epstein’s Island
Since Epstein’s arrest, the islands have been left uninhabited, attracting tourists’ attention. Almost all of the available media about the island consists of still photographs taken at great distances.
A TikTok “urban explorer,” however, allegedly gained entry to Little St. James and uploaded a video showing the infamous blue-and-white striped building. Andy Bracco says he spent months preparing for his trip to the private island, but he won’t say how he made it there.
During both of my trips to the island, security was present. Bracco told Newsweek, “I considered so many factors, asked as many resources as I felt we needed to know while still attempting to remain covert.”
Authorities allege that many of Epstein’s crimes took place on Little St. James island, where he owned a home, and his estate agreed to pay the territorial government $105 million in cash and half of the proceeds from the sale of the island. The environmental damage on Great St. will be repaired with $450,000 from the estate.