Multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was charged today with sex trafficking of minors at a New York federal court. Prosecutors claim Epstein preyed for years on dozens of girls as young as 14. In 2008, he escaped major prison time for essentially the same charges in Florida when prosecutors arranged a secret plea deal. One of those prosecutors was Alex Acosta, who is now secretary of labor in the Trump administration. Today in the Manhattan federal court, Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges. NPR's Quil Lawrence was at the courthouse and joins us now. Hi, Quil.
QUIL LAWRENCE, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.
SHAPIRO: Tell us more about the charges that Epstein faces in New York.
LAWRENCE: It's two charges, one of sex trafficking of minors, the other of conspiracy to do the same. And it involves, as you say, dozens and dozens of girls, many of them very young. They were brought to his homes, his mansions around the country where he would pay them for massage that turned into nude massage and would eventually end up in sexual abuse in many, many cases, according to the attorney general — according to the U.S. attorney, rather. And U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in the Southern District of New York said that these were extremely vulnerable victims. And sometimes they actually ended up recruiting others.
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GEOFFREY BERMAN: Epstein also paid certain victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused. This allowed Epstein to create an ever-expanding web of new victims.
LAWRENCE: So he was arrested on Saturday. And they searched his Upper East Side Manhattan mansion. And they say they found nude photos there. They've encouraged other victims to come forward, other possible victims of Jeffrey Epstein. And here's Special Agent Bill Sweeney talking at the courthouse today.
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BILL SWEENEY: Those who have been victimized by child sexual predators are frequently haunted by memories of these crimes well into their adulthood, often for the rest of their lives. They bear the burden of someone else's criminal behavior.
SHAPIRO: So, Quil, explain. There were previous charges in Florida. But these are all connected with crimes that allegedly took place in New York.
LAWRENCE: Right. They can be Florida as well, but these are federal charges. The New York district attorney said it doesn't matter that he was already charged in Florida because these are charges leveled in New York and possibly with victims who were brought to his New York mansion.
SHAPIRO: And let's talk about that Florida plea deal for a moment. There's been a lot of investigative reporting that has illuminated what transpired leading to a 13-month sentence for charges of sexually abusing dozens of young girls. Tell us more about what was involved there.
LAWRENCE: Right. It was a secret plea deal, and the terms were not revealed to the victims. And for that reason, a Florida judge may now invalidate that plea deal. But this all came to light because of a Miami Herald report which made public that Epstein got just those 13 months of jail time. He had to register as a sex offender, but he could go to work. He could leave jail and go to work six days a week.
SHAPIRO: And key to that deal was Alex Acosta, who was at the time a prosecutor in Florida - is now labor secretary in the Trump administration. What does all of this mean for him?
LAWRENCE: Right. So there are a lot of big names associated with his case. Epstein was connected with people like Bill Clinton and with Donald Trump. Trump said in 2002 that Epstein was fun to be with and mentioned that he liked women on the younger side. So Acosta hasn't commented about this. But some have called for his resignation because he signed off on this deal when he was a federal prosecutor. The Miami Herald report also spurred new interest from the Senate when they confirmed Attorney General Barr in January. He promised to follow up on the case.
And we may be seeing sort of a combination of the #MeToo era, the Miami Herald doing that report, pressure on the attorney general. And then we have this case brought. And Epstein was flying on his private jet from Paris on Saturday. He landed in New Jersey just outside New York City across the river here. And federal authorities were waiting for him. And now he's in detention awaiting a bail hearing on Thursday.
SHAPIRO: That is NPR's Quil Lawrence joining us from New York. Thanks, Quil.
LAWRENCE: Thanks, Ari.
今天，亿万富豪杰弗里·爱泼斯坦因涉嫌未成年性交易在纽约联邦法庭受审 。检察官称，数年以来爱泼斯坦折磨了数十名未成年女孩，年龄最小者只有14岁 。2008年，他在佛罗里达州因同样的罪名被起诉，但逃过了长时间的牢狱之灾，因为当时检察官帮他达成了一项秘密认罪协议 。其中一名提供帮助的检察官是亚历山大·阿科斯塔，他现在是特朗普政府的劳工部长 。今天，爱泼斯坦在曼哈顿联邦法庭受审时拒不认罪 。NPR新闻的奎尔·劳伦斯出席了这场庭审，现在他将和我们连线 。你好，奎尔 。
劳伦斯：他被控两项罪名，一项是未成年性交易罪，另一项是未成年人性交易共谋罪 。如你所说，受害女孩多达数十人，其中多名女孩年龄非常小 。检方指出，这些女孩被带到他位于全美各地的住所，他付钱让她们为他按摩，这随后会变成裸体按摩，这些按摩多数会以性侵告终 。纽约南区联邦地区法院的检察官杰弗里·伯曼表示，这些女孩是极为脆弱的受害者 。有时她们还会招募其他女孩 。
杰弗里·伯曼：爱泼斯坦还会支付一些受害者钱款，让她们招募其他女孩供他虐待 。通过这种方式，爱泼斯坦创建了一个不断扩大的未成年受害者网络 。
劳伦斯：他在周六被捕 。警方搜查了他位于曼哈顿上东区的豪宅 。他们发现了裸体照片 。警方鼓励杰弗里·爱泼斯坦事件可能存在的其他受害者主动提供线索 。下面是特别探员比尔·斯威尼今天在法庭上的发言 。
比尔·斯威尼：这些遭受儿童性侵犯迫害的未成年人会饱受罪行记忆的纠缠，一直到成年后仍会受影响，甚至余生都难以逃脱这些梦魇 。她们承受着他人罪行的折磨 。
夏皮罗：奎尔，现在请你解释一下 。佛罗里达州曾提起诉讼 。但这些均与发生在纽约的罪行有联系 。
劳伦斯：没错 。也可能是佛罗里达，不过这些是联邦指控 。纽约地区检察官表示，他已在佛罗里达州被起诉过也没有关系，因为这些是纽约提起的指控，而且受害者可能被带到爱泼斯坦位于纽约的豪宅 。
夏皮罗：我们来谈谈佛罗里达的认罪协议 。许多调查报告指出，爱泼斯坦因性侵数十名年轻女孩被判入狱13个月 。请介绍一下详细情况 。
劳伦斯：好 。这是一份秘密认罪协议，协议条款并未向受害者透露 。基于此，一名佛罗里达法官现在可能会废除这一认罪协议 。而这一切被公之于众是因为《迈阿密先驱报》的一则报道，该报道公开了爱泼斯坦只获刑13个月的消息 。爱泼斯坦必须登记为性罪犯，但他可以继续工作 。他一周有6天时间可以离开监狱去上班 。
劳伦斯：好 。有许多大人物和爱泼斯坦一案有牵连 。爱泼斯坦与比尔·克林顿和唐纳德·特朗普等人有联系 。特朗普在2002年时曾说，和爱泼斯坦相处很愉快，他还透露爱泼斯坦喜欢年轻女性 。阿科斯塔并未置评 。一些人要求阿科斯塔辞职，因为他在担任联邦检察官时签署了这份认罪协议 。参议院1月份确认司法部长巴尔的提名时，《迈阿密先驱报》的报道也引起了参议院的注意 。巴尔承诺跟进这起案件 。
#Metoo运动再加上《迈阿密先驱报》的报道给司法部长施加了压力 。之后，爱泼斯坦遭起诉 。周六，爱泼斯坦乘坐私人飞机从巴黎返回美国 。他在新泽西州降落，降落地点就在河流对面的纽约市郊外 。联邦工作人员在那里等他 。现在他已被逮捕，等待将于周四举行的保释听证会 。
夏皮罗：以上是NPR新闻的奎尔·劳伦斯从纽约带来的报道 。谢谢你，奎尔 。
1. end up 最终；结果；到头来；
If you don't know what you want, you might end up getting something you don't want.
2. come forward 自告奋勇；主动提供(信息)；
A vital witness ca me forward to say that she saw Tanner wearing the boots.
3. come to light 显露；揭露；为人所知；
New evidence has recently come to light.
4. follow up 追查；将…深入下去；对…采取进一步行动；
The police are following up several leads after their TV appeal for information.