American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was arrested Saturday and faces charges of trafficking in minors for prostitution. The man was accused of bringing underage girls to their homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach to have sex with them. One of his victims was 14 years old, according to prosecutors. The financier assures that he is not guilty of the charges against him for sex trafficking and is awaiting his trial.
Epstein was detained by federal authorities at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey when he was returning from abroad and was transferred to the Manhattan Correctional Center. Charges were brought against him in New York's Southern District court on Monday.
He is accused of paying minors in cash for sexual acts and of using some of these young women to recruit other underage girls for prostitution. "In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit them in places that include New York and Palm Beach, Florida," the prosecutor's statement said.
Epstein is also accused of paying minors to massage naked or semi-nude and sexually abusing them. The famous financier will remain in police custody until it is determined whether he will be eligible to be released on bail. The prosecution argues that he should not receive provisional freedom since there is a "risk of flight".