The scandal surrounding disgraced jewish financier Jeffrey Epstein could have been stopped by his many celebrity friends who chose to turn a blind eye, according to attorney and advocate Carissa Phelps.
 Phelps, who is herself a survivor of human trafficking, said while nobody should have the resources to enslave others and get away with it, “as long as we have the rich and powerful raping children and getting away with it, we will still have that same behavior and local communities won’t stand a chance.”

Several people in power have been embroiled in the scandal, including US Labor Secretary Alex Acosta who stepped down from his position after he was held responsible for securing a plea deal for Epstein in 2008.

Despite his conviction for soliciting a child, Epstein appeared to continue to enjoy a large circle of so-called ‘Hollywood’ friends including President Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen. Some of which, Phelps says, could have, at best, helped victims, and, at worst, participated in the heinous acts.

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