Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean islands where he has been accused of molesting dozens of young women and girls have been put up for sale.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Little St. James and Great St. James in the US Virgin Islands have been listed by the Epstein estate for US$125 million (£95 million).
During the years that Epstein owned the islands, they earned nicknames like “Island of Sin” and “Island of Pedophiles,” he said The Telegraph. Prosecutors alleged Epstein took girls as young as 11 to the islands via yacht and private helicopter, and that he and his associates “trafficked, raped, sexually assaulted and held captive girls.”
the New York Post said some victims of Epstein and his associates described trying to swim in the shark-infested waters offshore and nearly drowning to escape the abuse they were subjected to.
On the islands
Spread over 70 acres, Little St. James was purchased by Epstein in 1998. It has a main residential complex and four guest villas. It also has a helipad, private dock, two pools, three private beaches, a gym, and a tiki hut. A building with blue and white stripes and a golden domed ceiling is called “the temple”.
High-profile figures visiting the islands include Prince Andrew and former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.
Io Dodds at The Independent reported last year that Little St. James has become “something of a morbid tourist attraction” since Epstein’s death in 2019. A local said that daily mirror that “although it seems like paradise on earth, any association with a man like Epstein is bad. Everyone here just wants to forget him and what he is being accused of.”
The Wall Street Journal said the proceeds from the sale will help settle the property’s outstanding litigation and pay for the property’s regular operating expenses.
But in December that New York Post revealed that Epstein’s New Mexico ranch was still on the market five months after the sale. The property, where Epstein allegedly also traded with several women, is having “difficulty finding a buyer,” the newspaper said. According to the Daily Mail it is still not sold.
A former Goldman Sachs executive bought Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion, which was reduced to $51 million from the original $88 million, while developer Todd Michael Glaser bought his Palm Beach estate for an undisclosed sum and owned it last April demolition.
“By contrast, Little St. James — which Epstein liked to call ‘Little St. Jeff’ — appears to have changed little since the days Epstein made it his primary residence, shielded from the encroaching eyes and lenses of governments and journalists ‘ Dodds wrote for the Independent.
“Spooky as it may seem,” adds Dodds, both islands “have drawn interest from wealthy buyers,” but it has so far taken a civil lawsuit filed by the US Virgin Islands government, trying to resolve to seize the land.
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