The Virgin Islands government is going after sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s estimated $577 million estate in a civil lawsuit that claims a network of associates helped the wealthy registered pedophile hold girls as sex slaves on his private islands off the East End of St. Thomas.

Attorney General Denise George filed a 49-page, 22-count complaint Wednesday in V.I. Superior Court, seeking civil enforcement action under the V.I. Code’s Criminally Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act. Among the charges included in the complaint are rape, human trafficking, and operating a “house of prostitution” on Little St. James island.

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