Fresh Demands for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's Resignation Mount After Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Child Sex Trafficking Charges

The arrest of financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on federal child sex trafficking charges elicited fresh demands for the resignation of Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who helped Epstein secure a “sweetheart plea deal” for previous allegations while serving as Miami’s top federal prosecutor over a decade ago.

Following news of Epstein’s arrest late Saturday, reporters, politicians, and other observers called on Acosta to immediately step down—bolstering demands that have mounted in recent months amid a legal challenge to Epstein’s deal filed by survivors.

CNN opinion contributor Raul A. Reyes wrote Sunday that “Acosta’s actions are worthy of bipartisan outrage and should offend every American father and mother. Acosta betrayed the vulnerable to benefit the powerful. His deal for Epstein shows a disregard for child welfare, victims’ rights and Justice Department procedures. Ironically, as secretary of labor, Acosta is responsible for monitoring human trafficking.”

Over the years, Epstein has been tied to various high-profile individuals, including retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and the U.K.’s Prince Andrew as well as former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump.

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According to the Daily Beast, which first reported on the financier’s arrest late Saturday:

Sources told the Miami Herald that Epstein was arrested at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport and “around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, about a dozen federal agents broke down the door to Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse to execute search warrants.” A source in New York told the Florida newspaper that Monday’s bail hearing “will be critical because if they grant him bail, he has enough money that he will disappear and they will never get him.”

In a series of stories from last November titled “Perversion of Justice,” Herald reporter Julie K. Brown detailed how Acosta, then U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, worked with Epstein’s attorneys to craft an agreement that was kept secret from Epstein’s victims.

Epstein “was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls—with the help of young female recruiters—to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day,” Brown reported in November. “Facing a 53-page federal indictment, Epstein could have ended up in federal prison for the rest of his life.”

As Common Dreams reported in December—amid previous calls for Acosta to resign, which were sparked by the Herald‘s series—National Organization for Women (NOW) president Toni Van Pelt said that “Epstein plays by the same rule book as Donald Trump, Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, Eric Schneiderman, and other powerful men who have been revealed as serial abusers of women.”

“Epstein’s scant 13-month stay in a county jail—where he was even allowed to spend twelve hours a day, six days a week, at his office,” Van Pelt said, “was made possible by a culture of powerful men, enabling each other, while dismissing, excusing, or demeaning the women and children they brutalize with physical and sexual violence.”

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