On Monday, the FBI searched the private island of the late multi-millionaire and abusive suspect Jeffrey Epstein in the US Virgin Islands. It is a sign that the investigation into Epstein's alleged sex crimes continues despite his suicide.
Video footage of eyewitnesses, first broadcast by NBC News, showed how FBI agents arrived on the island of Little Saint James on Monday morning.
The raid came two days after Epstein was found dead in his cell in a prison in Manhattan. He probably put an end to his life himself. The FBI and the US Department of Justice are investigating the cause of his death. After a previous suicide attempt, Epstein was placed under close supervision, but those measures seem to have been withdrawn soon.
The alleged victims of Epstein, women accusing him of abusing them when they were teenagers, reacted furiously to the news of his death because they can no longer confront him in court. They demand from the authorities that investigations into alleged crimes continue to reveal potential henchmen.
The American Justice Minister, William Barr, said on Monday that "possible accomplices cannot go to sleep peacefully. Victims deserve justice and will receive it."
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Epstein was accused of inciting dozens of underage girls into prostitution. He would have paid them for sexual acts and, in some cases, to bring other girls to him. Employees and other acquaintances of Epstein allegedly helped him maintain his sex network or made use of it himself.
The multi-millionaire concluded a controversial deal with the judiciary in 2007 and received a particularly light sentence, but journalistic spit-work and changed standards after #MeToo set the case against him rolling again.
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