U.S. Virgin Islands sues estate of Jeffrey Epstein
The U.S. Virgin Islands is suing the estate of Jeffrey Epstein for the sex trafficking hundreds of women and girls to his private island, Little St. James.
Reuters reports that “the complaint filed by Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George significantly broadens the scope of Epstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, saying it occurred as recently as 2018 and targeted girls as young as 11 or 12.”
The complaint states that Epstein “trafficked, raped, sexually assaulted and held captive underage girls and young women.”
According to complaint, Epstein kept computerized tabs on underage girls who lived in or near the Virgin Islands. He would use this database to select girls and transport them to his private island.
His estate is estimated to be worth $577 million.
Epstein died on Aug. 10 in his Manhattan jail cell. He was 66.
PornHub, owned by Canadian media conglomerate MindGeek, has a massive social media presence aimed at youth. Its viral advertisements champion the company’s humanitarianism, environmental consciousness, and just seem to press all the right buttons for the millennial and zoomer audience it tries to corral to its website.
But what are they seeing once they arrive?
Activist Laila Mickelwait, Director of Abolition at Exodus Cry, has been documenting illegal, violent, and dehumanizing content on PornHub, and believes PornHub is complicit in “sex trafficking.” She’s so convinced of it, she’s launched a petition calling on the Department of Justice to hold PornHub’s executives accountable for it.
As of the publication of this article, over 110,000 people have signed their agreement.
“The content contained in the videos it streams are mostly aggressive, violent, degrading, abusive sex acts. In fact peer reviewed research found that 88% of mainstream internet porn features aggression.” Mickelwait told The Post Millennial.
On Feb. 10, Mickelwait exposed PornHub for “verifying” a 15-year old girl found to have been the victim of kidnapping, more than 50 videos of her being sexually assaulted uploaded. The girl was identified after the videos were found by her own mother.
PornHub is currently in an apparent scramble to scrub the evidence which suggests they would have had knowledge of the girl’s existence on their platform.
On Feb.16, Mickelwait called to attention the harrowing story of another woman whose sexual assault also ended up on PornHub’s platform. Rose Kalemba alleges she was 14 years old when videos of her being sexually assaulted were posted to PornHub, and that emails to the site begging for their removal went unanswered.
Kalemba’s account is similar to that of Nicole Addimando, who was recently sentenced to 19 years in prison for shooting her ex-boyfriend, a desperate action she claimed came after years of abuse and torment. Some of Addimando’s sexual abuse had been uploaded to the PornHub platform. Her sentencing has caused a shockwave of outrage across the country.
These shocking revelations come just months after PornHub was lambasted for partnering with Girls Do Porn, a production company which was found to be manipulating, exploiting, and abusing dozens of women. Even after women came forward and recounted horrific ordeals of over 100 actresses, PornHub only removed certain videos belonging to the production company, continuing to profit off of their content.
It wasn’t until the US Government indicted the producers of Girls Do Porn on sex trafficking charges that PornHub finally deleted the content in full. One of the owners was also indicted on child pornography charges in relation to actresses used for Girls Do Porn.
Through her activism, Laila Mickelwait has discovered that PornHub does not have any preventative measures in place to ensure the porn published on its platform is not utilizing minors or individuals who are not consenting or being trafficked. With just an email address and a photo–anyone can get “verified” by PornHub.
“Pornhub allows anyone to upload porn with just an email address, they do not require age or consent verification, therefore there is no way to know if what is being seen on the site are instances of rape, trafficking and exploitation of minors.” Mickelwait says.
This extreme depravity is not uniquely limited to PornHub. It appears to be inherent in the genre itself.
In November of 2019, XVideos, the 2nd largest pornography website on the internet and 67th most visited website in the world, hosted a video depicting the rape and murder of Dr. Priyanka Reddy, a 29 year-old veterinarian from the Hyderabad province of India.
Reddy was sexually assaulted by multiple men as she left work, doused in gasoline, and burned alive. The video of her ordeal was trending on XVideos for weeks, prompting outrage and a petition to ban pornography in India.
XVideos did not release a statement on Reddy’s death, and has not rescinded the profit earned through the viewing of Reddy’s rape and murder on their platform.
Neither PornHub nor XVideos responded to requests for comment by the time of publication.
Conservative MP (Peace River—Westlock) Arnold Viersenis facing serious backlash online following comments made in the House of Commons to Victoria NDP MP Laurel Collins.
In a House of Commons discussion regarding sex work, “I want to ask the honourable member to consider listening to the voices of sex workers. Sex workers are saying that sex work is work, and i also askt he honourable member if he considers the Harper government’s decision to implement Bill-C36 which criminalized the work environments the establishment that sex workers go to feel safe that criminalized their ability to hire security.”
Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, (PCEPA) passed in 2014. Bill C-36 treats prostitution as a form of sexual exploitation that disproportionately impacts on women and girls. Critics of the bill call it unconstitutional, with advocates calling for it to be repealed.
In response to Collins, Viersen asked the NDP MP if she had ever considered sex work.
“I would just respond to that by asking the honourable if it’s an area of work that she’s considered and if that’s an appropriate—”
Echoes of the word “shame” and audible groans could be heard throughout the house before Viersen attempts to refocus whatever point he was trying to make.
“I think this makes the point. I do not think any woman in this country ever chooses this as a job. This is something that they are trafficked into,” Viersen attempted to clarify.
He would later go on to apologize for his comments.
Viersen has previously brought up sex work as an issue of importance. In an opinion article in 2018, Viersen wrote an article asking readers to email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ensure that the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) “is not only protected, but fully implemented” as the Liberals were then moving to fully decriminalize prostitution.
The FBI and federal prosecutors in New York have asked if they can interview Prince Andrew in their ongoing investigation into the Jeffrey Epstein child sex-trafficking scandal.
According to ABC News, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the news Monday: “Standing outside Epstein’s East 71st Street mansion on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Berman said Prince Andrew, despite his public offer of cooperation, has so far provided none. The FBI has reached out to the prince’s lawyers to no avail so far, he said.”
Prince Andrew has been in hot water since a telling BBC interview put the royal in a negative light surrounding his relationship with prolific multi-millionaire pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
The Prince had also previously defended his relationship with Epstein as recently as August of 2019, two weeks after he had taken his own life while in prison.
In the BBC interview, Prince Andrew stated that knowing Epstein had “some seriously beneficial outcomes,” and that “the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn ,either by him or because of him, were actually very useful.”
In November, Prince Andrew stepped down from his royal duties.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. It’s a claim that has steadily become more mainstream in the months following his sudden death. Baden is citing Epstein’s burst capillaries in his eyes which is a sign of manual strangulation as opposed to hanging.
Baden was a guest on a Dr. Oz special set to air on Thursday, the pathologist examined photographs of Epstein’s eyes and other parts of his corpse taken during his autopsy.
Dr. Baden was present when Epstein’s autopsy took place alongside other physicians. Baden expressed his concern about the unusual change in the cause of death. Once ruled to be undetermined, five days later it was inexplicably changed to suicide by hanging.
Baden described that there were a number of “red flags” which suggest that he was murdered and did not kill himself.
The most damning evidence are of course the burst capillaries in combination with the fact that the colour in his lower legs was pale and not purple or bluish which Baden claims would have been the case had he hung himself.
“In a hanging, the arteries and the blood vessels, the veins are both clogged off and the person is pale. The face is pale,” Dr. Baden said.
“It suffocates you, no blood goes up there,” Dr. Oz concurred.
“That’s right. No blood coming in or out…. with a manual strangulation, there’s a backup of a pressure and the little capillaries can rupture and they’re best seen in the eye.” said Dr. Baden
Dr. Baden also explained why the pale colour of Epstein’s legs is problematic for a suicide ruling. “The blood settles after we die. The so-called lividity, if you’re hanging, the lividity is on the lower part of the legs.”
“These would be like maroon/purple, front and back and they aren’t.”
Epstein had been awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking after dozens of women came forward and accused him. The majority of women were underage at the time that Epstein was pimping them out to a number of well-known friends and celebrities.
Speculation about to what degree Epstein would cooperate with authorities about naming all the clients he’d arranged appointments for followed immediately after his arrest. Rumours that he would be killed while in prison circulated the internet en masse.
‘’The initial death certificate was issued at the time of the autopsy, it’s pending further study, getting more information.” said Baden. “Five days later it was changed to hanging suicide and one of the things the family wishes to know, the estate wishes to know is, what was that additional information that caused them to change it when five months later and the family still doesn’t know what happened to in the first encounter and what happened to him when he was found dead.”
“Is that unusual, that you have a five-month gap?” Dr. Oz asked him.
“It’s very unusual, especially in a prison situation,” replied Dr. Baden.
Dr. Baden also explained that the “noose” Epstein apparently used to kill himself was inconsistent with his injuries upon examining it.
‘Doesn’t follow the furrow, number one. Number two, there’s no evidence that there’s any blood or tissue on any of the part of the loop. Most of all, this little area shows a pattern that wouldn’t be made by this smooth surface of the sheet that was torn to make the noose.
“The problem I think why we’re here today, five months later, is that there’s been a total lack of transparency in what happened to Epstein,” he said.
Epstein had even been assigned suicide watch to prevent such an event but the prison guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas failed to complete multiple mandatory checks on him the night that he died. They have since been charged themselves for lying on documents about performing said checks. Prosecutors say they were napping at their desks when not surfing the internet.