Islands once owned by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have hit the market for $166 million AUD with some of the money set to be donated to the victims’ fund.
Great Saint James and Little Saint James are two private islands located in the US Virgin Islands and were once owned by Jeffrey Epstein. The islands have only just gone on the market with lawyer for Epstein’s estate Daniel Weiner saying that some proceeds “will be used by the estate for the resolution of outstanding lawsuits and the regular costs of the estate’s operations”.
Bespoke Real Estate has advertised the sale on their site and details the two islands as having over 96 hectares, six beaches as well as having 9.3km of coastline. Little Saint James contains four villas, two pools, as well as helipads and a main compound among other facilities.
The islands have been shrouded in controversy as it was accused by US Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George that Epstein’s islands was a location where underage girls were sexually assaulted by the billionaire. The lawsuit claimed that girls as young as 12 were taken to the island and abused.
The sale has been met with mixed reactions online with one Twitter user @anniel_mel-farm making saying “Jeffrey Epstein’s private islands put up for sale. I hope that Russian are banned from bidding (to give the rest of us a chance). Whereas user @TruthPuke noted that “The two islands, known to locals as the Paedophile Islands’ owing to their alleged uses for the sexual abuse of children, are heavily discounted from their valuation at $240m”.
In 2019, Jeffrey Epstein allegedly killed himself in jail where he was awaiting trial for several sex trafficking and related charges. His partner and former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking as well as procuring girls for Epstein and his friends.