The Sec of Labor Helped a Billionaire Sex Trafficker of Minors Avoid Punishment

Do you know Alexander Acosta? He’s the U.S. secretary of labor, though most Americans have never heard of him. Off the bat, you might assume that being one of the least recognizable members of Trump’s cabinet probably means he’s also one of the least shitty ones, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, a new bombshell story about him makes him look quite shitty.

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An in-depth Miami Herald piece reveals the part that Acosta played a decade ago in letting Jeffrey Epstein, a man guilty of sex trafficking many teenage girls, off the hook with some relative slaps on the wrist. Epstein faced charges that could have/should have landed him in prison for the rest of his life, yet he walked away with a 13-month sentence instead.

Oh, and Epstein was granted work-release so he could leave his private cell and work in his office for twelve hours a day, six days per week. Jail doesn’t seem nearly as bad when you don’t have to stay there all the time!

Why would Epstein, who acknowledged that he created an underground ring where he coerced underage girls into having sex with older men, receive such favorable treatment? Undoubtedly, it’s because he’s a billionaire with powerful friends like Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

As an aside, here’s a quote from Trump about Epstein from 2002, the same time Epstein was trafficking minors: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It’s even said he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Excuse me, but WHERE ARE THE #PIZZAGATE TRUTHERS NOW?

Anyway, Acosta, who was then serving as the U.S. attorney in Miami, used his discretion to broker an outrageous plea deal with Epstein. For reasons that cannot be justified, Acosta gave Epstein amazing plea terms – by admitting to two lesser prostitution charges, he was given immunity on all potential federal charges, his similarly powerful co-conspirators were also granted immunity, and a FBI investigation into the extent of these crimes was promptly ended, allowing Epstein’s rich friends who paid for sex to slide under the radar without recourse.

Michael Reiter, who served as Palm Beach’s police chief at the time, said “This was not a ‘he said, she said’ situation. This was 50-something ‘shes’ and one ‘he’ – and the ‘shes’ all basically told the same story.” The Herald identified nearly 80 women who were sexually abused by Epstein. Incidentally, the victims were intentionally not informed of the lenient settlement, presumably because they would have not been happy with the outcome and spoke to the press.

No right-minded prosecutor would decide to sweep sex crimes of this nature under the rug so easily and cave to just about every demand of Epstein’s attorney, yet that’s precisely what Acosta did. The only realistic explanation is that favors were pulled on behalf of a wealthy, well-connected man.

Whatever you want to call it, what happened in this case is not justice – and that’s especially problematic given that Acosta has been considered a top candidate to replace Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general.

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I’d like to hope that this story effectively kills Acosta’s chances of becoming the leader of the Department of Justice, but with Trump in charge, you never know. Heck, his willingness to severely bend the rules and throw out accountability to benefit wealthy law-breakers is probably what landed him a nice job in the White House in the first place.

Interestingly, the Department of Labor is tasked with human trafficking issues, so Acosta is already in the exact wrong position after demonstrating that he doesn’t give a damn for the dozens of teen victims of Epstein. For the sake of all that’s decent, he should be terminated from his job and removed from the White House altogether. Sign this Care2 petition to ensure that occurs.

55 comments

Dot A
Dot A4 days ago

"Be in the world, not of it. But, care for it." Yes, Mike, this is a world that frequently disappoints, . . . And such wanton behavior is certainly not only disappointing, but quite destructive on many levels. But it is to our benefit not to follow such poor role models of what our lesser beings example. We care for this world by caring about others, and the whole of this life, the entirety of our living. When the 'powers that be' behave as if it is only their lives which matter, they fail themselves and all around them. Look at the climate change crisis. If the 'powers that be' wanted to help repair this environmental disaster in the making, they certainly could. But, since they are immature in their thinking and in their foresight, they just put money in the bank and ignore all the warnings, - as usual. They've become desensitized to even their own emotions. They just like money, attention, and as much excitement as they can feel while they breath upon this earth. Selfish and very destructive. We can do so much better!

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Mike M
Mike M4 days ago

The powers that be do what they please and can you really do anything about it. It will take many to make the change and see that punishment is given.

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Dot A
Dot A4 days ago

It's an abomination, what is happening to our nation, and too many parts of this world! AND, may I add, the worst of this scenario is that it's egomaniac-narcissist driven. Those who L O V E, themselves as god, and all the money they can win over with their manipulating personalities, and all the sick power-addicts, and all the delusional minds who care little for others, and think that they are the gems of the universe,.... Well, most of our Care2 members already are on the same page,.... But the hell.of.it is that our country is getting worse!!! It's the greed syndrome running rampant across the lands. And far too many people want to join the ranks of the 'rich and powerful' - as if they are clueless to all the evils that generally go with such desires. It becomes a bragging game among the exclusively elite. Few have the character to escape. It will be the honest workers who can save our nations. Those whose integrity is in tact, and who fight the good fight daily to keep our actions on the path of doing good for all, and having a conscience to guide us to a decent life, and a kinder world. The U.S. must be on high alert until we correct this disaster unfolding, - day, - by disappointing - day.

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Dave fleming
Past Member 5 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Leo C
Leo Custer5 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Jack Y
Jack Y5 days ago

thanks

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Karin H
Karin Hanson6 days ago

Just another of the Mango Maggot's Greedy Old Perverts...... his Cesspool is overflowing with these huuuge turds!!

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Brian F
Brian F6 days ago

Mike K Can you stay on the topic? You're just upset because Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Abby Martin, Kyle Kylinski, Jimmy Dore, and Chris Hedges agree with me and have a following. Nobody listens to a corporate fake Democrat like you.

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Sue L
Sue L6 days ago

Acosta is morally bankrupt. I signed the petition because there is no way he should be the head of the Justice Dept.

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Joan E
Joan E7 days ago

Barbara, the missing migrant children have been trafficked and are being abuse in detention camps. When I tutor kids at an elementary school, I have to be fingerprinted to prove I am not a child molester. The people who work in those immigrant children's prisons are not fingerprinted and take no responsibility for what they do. This is Trump Nazi World,

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