The sex trafficking of women and young girls is not a new story. It’s been publicly discussed since 1899. I was ignorant about the subject until I was about 24 years old. Then, I first encountered young girls offering themselves in exchange for sex. This was many years ago in Honduras in the early 1990s. Although my education on sex trafficking occurred early, the U.S. government and the United Nations didn’t make sex trafficking a crime until 2000.
Therefore, when Epstein was arrested in 2008 for sex trafficking, it was illegal. It was occurring around the world, and there was a tremendous amount of data on the topic for law enforcement officials to conduct an active investigation and make appropriate decisions. However, Epstein received a sweetheart deal in 2008 from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida—Alexander Acosta, who was appointed by President Bush—and the U.S. Department of Justice. Judges later characterized the agreement, which included a non-prosecution deal, as a “tale of national disgrace.”
“I don’t have any contact with the victims, and if they’re listening now, I’m embarrassed for the way the criminal justice system treated them back then in Florida,” said former Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter.
All rumors have an ounce of truth.
I’m not a person who believes in conspiracy theories, but from my experience investigating sexual harassment, I’ve learned that there is always an ounce of truth in rumors about sexual abuse. So, when I heard the unbelievable, horrific rumors about Hillary Clinton and sex trafficking spread in 2016 by Alex Jones, they sounded crazy. Being aware of the sexual accusations against former President Bill Clinton, the ounce of truth for me was about his past being brought up in an election year. At that time, the rumor didn’t bother me, nor most other people and both the liberal and conservative media proceeded to trash Alex Jones and anyone else who mentioned an investigation. The headlines around the world also indicated that the rumor would not be taken seriously, and no media investigations would be completed.
BCC, December 2, 2016
The saga of “Pizzagate”: The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread
Miami Herald, December 5, 2016
Conspiracy peddlers continue pushing debunked “pizzagate” tale
MarketWatch, December 5, 2016
“Pizzagate” hoax shows potentially lethal side of fake news
The Hill, December 5, 2016
“Pizzagate” scare becomes flashpoint in fake news debate
NPR, December 8, 2016
“Lives Are At Risk,” Hillary Clinton Warns Over Fake News, “Pizzagate”
USA Today, August 15, 2017
Trump’s retweet storm: A Pizzagate conspiracy theorist, a train hitting CNN, and accusations of fascism
The Washington Post, December 10, 2018
Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they’re still rampant on YouTube
Jeffery Epstein’s Arrest
On July 6, 2019, Jeffery Epstein was arrested for a second time on charges of sex trafficking minors in Florida and New York. The world became aware that Epstein was an influential figure within the rich and powerful global society and that he allegedly supplied young girls for sex. One of the alleged clients was Bill Clinton. The Pizzagate rumor didn’t sound so crazy, and the ounce of truth was about sex trafficking. Although accusations were mounting beyond belief, the media and politicians continued to ignore the story.
NPR, March 15, 2019
Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News
Rolling Stone, July 25, 2019
A Jeffrey Epstein–Clinton Conspiracy Theory Was Trending — And That’s a Problem
New York Times, August 2019
The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People
ABC News, November 5, 2019
“quashed” a story on allegations against Jeffrey Epstein has drawn new scrutiny on the controversy’s ties to its own star anchor, George Stephanopoulos
How did so many journalists and media outlets miss all the clues in plain sight for over 17 years?
In the early 2000s, Epstein made a point of befriending prominent or upcoming scientists, journalists, famous actors, and politicians, most of whom were likely never shown this side of things, especially if they were women. Young women who *were* shown this secret world of exploitative male power, often victimized themselves, were given the impression that this was just the way things were and they had no power to change it. But it shouldn’t be that way.
~Summer Brennan, 2019.
There is only one person alive on the planet that can explain why Epstein got a so-called sweetheart deal, the person’s name is Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell. She can also answer why the media silence existed for so many years and explain the political connections.
However, connecting the dots was in plain view for 17+ years for the world’s most influential media celebrities and powerful media outlets. Very few were brave enough to go after the truth; why? We may find out that most already knew about Epstein and feared him.
As Cindy McCain explained, “Epstein was hiding in plain sight, we all knew about him, we all knew what he was doing.” This quote can be found in the C-SPAN clip titled “Cindy McCain on Human Trafficking.” Is Cindy McCain trustworthy? Absolutely. She is the wife of the late John S. McCain III, Senator for Arizona (1987–2018). He was the Republican nominee for President in the 2010 Presidential race. She created the McCain Institute, and chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council along with serving as a co-chair for the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking.
2003, Vanity Fair – According to Vicky Ward, editor Graydon Carter cut a piece from her 2003 article about Epstein that talked about “abuse of highly credible allegation that Epstein had molested a 16-year-old girl.”
2015, The Daily Beast – According to Vicky Ward, The Daily Beast had toned down her article on Epstein.
2016, The Slate — It’s Not Just Pizzagate. Son of Trump’s National Security Adviser Believes Other Vile Things Too.
“I began to cry. It was so wrong. The family had been so brave. I thought about the mother, her fear of the dark, of the harm she feared might come to her daughters. And then, I thought of all the rich, powerful men in suits ready to talk about Epstein’s ‘great mind’.” Vicky Ward, 2003