The question is difficult to answer, but the recent revelations in the Jeffrey Epstein case does show the need to revisit those claims.
We still don’t really know how serious the Jeffrey Epstein case is or if we’ll ever see any other high profile people charged along side Mr. Epstein. Several names have already been named, but it is difficult to determine whether or not those people will end up being prosecuted too. Most will probably not.
The Epstein case is not the only high profile one to reach the mainstream in the recent years. Several other high profile people including billionaires, celebrities and politicians have over the years been involved in cases regarding sex trafficking and/or sex with minors.
In this article we’ll take a look at some of the more famous examples of the rich and powerful people involved in sex trafficking and pedophilia. We have left out some examples like the recent R. Kelly case, plus the whole catholic church scandal. If you think there any another important examples that needs to be included in this article, please share it in the comment section and leave a little explanation why you think it should be included.
“DC Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey ran a high-end escort service that catered to DC’s power players. She was charged with racketeering and threatened to expose names on her client list.
The scandal of her arrest rocked the nation’s capital as some of the city’s biggest power players, including father-of-four Senator David Vitter, were outed. Palfrey hanged herself in 2008 before she was set to be sentenced for her crimes and left the book containing details of her 815 clients behind.
News of Palfrey’s death in 2008 followed reports she handed a list of telephone numbers of 15,000 clients to a U.S. television network. She had vowed to identify as many well-known figures as possible to subpoena them as defense witnesses.
The French connection
IT READS like the synopsis of a trashy airport novel: sex, movie stars, politicians, Arab princes, arms deals and the courageous investigation of an obstinate, incorruptible – and publicity-hungry – judge. But the evidence presented to a criminal court in Paris also has a disturbing side – or, rather, two disturbing sides.
The case uncovers the brutal methods used to snare young women – some as young as 15 – into a call-girl agency specializing in wealthy, high- profile clients. It also exposes attempts by the French government machine to block an investigation which might embarrass senior politicians and damage French interests abroad.
Six people were charged with the running of an international prostitution ring, whose call-girls entertained the actor Robert de Niro, the former tennis player, Wojtek Fibak, two senior (but unnamed) French politicians and several Gulf princes. The agency specialized in tricking, or trapping, star-struck teenage girls into selling their bodies with the promise of careers as models or actresses.
Billionaire Heir Gets 4 Months Jail and $6K Fine In Child Sex Assault Case
When S.C. Johnson scion Curt Johnson was first charged with repeated sexual assault of a child in 2011, he faced a prison term of up to 40 years if convicted.
Later, when it was revealed that the girl in question was Johnson’s stepdaughter, the Racine, Wisc. District Attorney’s office filed to amend his initial felony charges to include incest.
Johnson entered guilty pleas to two drastically reduced misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct.
From Silicon Valley to Hollywod
With corn-silk hair and a wide smile, Collins-Rector was charismatic, people who knew him said. Some called him a “genius.” Indeed, Collins-Rector might today be a Silicon Valley titan if not for one thing: his fascination with young and often underage men.
Running his business out of a Los Angeles mansion, he and his two business partners — his boyfriend at the time, Chad Shackley, and former child star Brock Pierce, who is now a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation — hosted lavish parties attended by Hollywood’s gay A-list. Their guests included relative newcomer Bryan Singer, now the director of the X-Men movies, and legendary media mogul David Geffen, both of whom were investors in DEN. It was at those parties that Collins-Rector and others allegedly sexually assaulted half a dozen teenage boys, according to two sets of civil lawsuits, the first filed in 1999–2002 and the second this year.
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From ‘Smallville’ to Sex Cult Leader
Mack, who was arrested in New York, is accused of being a leader and prime recruiter for a sorority-esque group of young women (NXIVM) who were manipulated into serving as “slaves” for male “masters.” She is facing 15 years to life imprisonment on charges of sex trafficking, conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
The coercion went so far as to include a mutilation ritual in which some of the women were branded in their pelvic area with a cauterizing pen with a symbol that incorporated Raniere’s initials, according to prosecutors.
“I accidentally tripped and penetrated’ teenage girl”
A millionaire property developer has been cleared of raping a teenager after claiming he accidently tripped and fell on her.
Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was accused of forcing himself on an 18 year-old-girl who had slept on his sofa in his Maida Vale flat after a night out drinking. The jury acquitted him in just 30 minutes of deliberations.
It’s Bunga Bunga time
The 76-year-old media billionaire is guilty of paying for sex with Mahroug when she was under the age of 18, a crime in Italy, and abusing his office to have her released from police custody in a separate theft incident.
The former runaway was one of the main participants in a series of parties at Berlusconi’s villa near Milan, where several young women have given accounts of lurid striptease shows and sex.
Bankers overseas sex tours involving minors
Michael Frank Hartung, a former senior Deutsche Bank executive was found guilty today of two charges of promoting overseas sex tours involving minors. He had told undercover police officers that he would provide them with young “virgin girls”.
Charles Familetti, JR., a former Vice-President at HSBC Bank, was convicted in Manhattan federal court of attempted sex trafficking of a minor, distribution of child pornography, transportation of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, following a five-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Loretta A. Preska.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “In addition to exploiting children through his possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, as the jury found, Charles Familetti tried to pay an undercover agent for sex with an 11-year-old child. Thanks to our partners at the FBI, Familetti was arrested before he could personally harm any children. The jury’s verdict should send a message to child predators that their crimes will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Corporations and human trafficking
Over ten years ago, Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney asked Donald Rumsfeld during a hearing on the proposed 2006 Department for Defense Budget:
“Mr. Secretary, is it policy of the U.S. government to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls? That’s my first question.”
Dyncorp’s involvement in another a sex scandal with minors while serving in a war-torn country may well have felt like deja vu for the Secretary of State, considering the infamous Dyncorp scandal in the Balkans during Bill Clinton’s term in office.
Ben Johnston filed a RICO lawsuit against Dyncorp after he was fired ostensibly for reporting human rights abuses by their employees in Bosnia. In a 2002 report titled “Dyncorp Disgrace,” Johnston was quoted: “…None of the girls… were from Bosnia… They were imported in by DynCorp and the Serbian mafia. These guys would say ‘I gotta go to Serbia this weekend to pick up three girls.’… “DynCorp leadership was 100 percent in bed with the mafia over there.”
The UK scandal
Former politicians, police and security services are to be summoned before a new inquiry into alleged child sex abuse “involving people of public prominence associated with Westminster”.
Starting today, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is to examine allegations of historic cover-ups, conspiracies and a tolerance for pedophilia in the highest levels of government.
MI5, Scotland Yard, former ministers, MP’s, party whips and peers are among witnesses to be called over three weeks of hearings.
A spokesperson for IICSA said it will be examining “whether Westminster institutions, including political parties, government departments, law enforcement or intelligence agencies, have failed or are still failing to protect children from sexual abuse”.
The state-run orphanage scandal in Portugal
To most people Portugal’s state-run orphanages seemed like a safe haven for thousands of children who had been robbed of their parents. They were called the Casa Pia, or Houses of the Pious.
But for an elite paedophile ring, which included a former ambassador and a prominent television celebrity, Casa Pia orphanages were something entirely different. They were supermarkets stocked with children to abuse. Yesterday, at the conclusion of the longest trial in Portugal’s history, seven defendants were convicted of using the orphanages to rape and abuse scores of teenage boys in a case that has sent shockwaves through the country’s political elite and raised serious concerns over the efficiency of Portugal’s judiciary. Six of the seven were given jail terms of between five and 18 years.
Politicians that got away
MPs have also been mired in the pedophilia scandal. The example of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith, another predatory pedophile, is a salient example.
In June 2014 a senior Downing Street aide Patrick Rock was charged with allegations of downloading computerized child abuse imagery. His brief was to advise David Cameron on internet security for filtering online pornography.
Conservatives have previously made damning statements of how well-known in Westminster circles it was that MP Peter Morrison was a dangerous pedophile, and yet his career was unaffected as he rose to be deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.
One of Tony Blair’s former senior aides Phillip Lyon, who previously arranged his weekly prime minister’s question time, was arrested after police raided his Commons office. Lyon was found guilty of downloading child pornography and jailed for a year. Stephen Carnell, who was agent for Labour MP Chris Bryant during the 2010 general election campaign, was caught with more than 12,000 indecent images and 450 films. He was jailed for three years for collecting and distributing what the judge described as “appalling” images of child sexual abuse.
In July 2010, it was reported that some 5,200 defense and intelligence employees at the Pentagon had downloaded child porn. Then, in January 2011, the Boston Globe reported that the Pentagon had failed to take proper action, even neglecting to check 1,700 names on the list of accused:
In 2006, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which conducts Internet pornography investigations, produced a list of 5,200 Pentagon employees suspected of viewing child pornography and asked the Pentagon to review it. But the Pentagon checked only about two-thirds of the names, unearthing roughly 300 defense and intelligence employees who allegedly had viewed child pornography on their work or home computers.
The defense investigators failed to check an additional 1,700 names on the list, defense officials have revealed in correspondence with Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.
Save for the Anderson Cooper report below, the story did not get much coverage by the mainstream media and seemed to fade out of view.
“Powerful Elite” Involved in Russian Elite Pedophilia Rings
In July, RT reported on elite pedophilia rings in Russia:
At least 20 former MPs, government ministers, judges and other prominent figures abused children for decades, claims a former child protection manager.
The Dutroux case
Years after the bodies of four murdered Belgian girls were discovered at houses owned by the pedophile Marc Dutroux, the father of one of them has accused the country’s police and justice system of a cover-up ensuring that his trial has still not begun.
The claims by Paul Marchal, father of An Marchal, who was 17 when she disappeared in 1995, echo what many Belgians now privately believe: that Dutroux and his pedophile ring had connections with high-ranking members of the establishment in Belgium.
He strongly suspected that the authorities were blocking progress to protect unknown people in authority who had things to hide. He said: “It feels like they don’t want to find the truth. It is not a good feeling and not only I think this.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn allegedly raped a member of the Hotel staff.
Chief of the International Monetary Fund, was accused to having brutally assaulted Nafissatou Diallo, a 33-year-old former housekeeper at the upmarket Sofitel hotel in Manhattan. The case dragged on for really long, before Strauss-Kahn was acquitted with a settlement for an undisclosed amount. However, the evidence overwhelmingly proved his guilt.
An Open Secret
A documentary about an alleged pedophilia ring in Hollywood has been viewed more than 3 million times after creators released it for free.
An Open Secret, which promises to shine a light on child abuse in the film industry, was posted online two years after it was apparently rejected by film and TV distributors.
Billed as “the film Hollywood doesn’t want you to see”, the documentary focuses on the alleged abuse of young boys and teenagers who want to work in the film industry.