Former Florida prosecutor and now federal Labor Secretary, Alex Acosta, fashioned a plea deal with attorneys for Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy hedge fund manager recently accused of trafficking girls as young as fourteen for sex. Acosta has no business heading an agency that is charged with protecting the rights of working individuals.
As a union organizer and mother of three young children, I find this outrageous. Epstein allegedly had his employees solicit women and girls to his mansion for sex. Workers look to the government to protect them against unscrupulous employers and dangerous situations. As a union organizer I’ve seen how workers depend on the Department of Labor to make their jobs safer.
As a mother I am shocked that Acosta would allow someone who was acknowledged to be soliciting sex from young girls with such leniency. As a prosecutor, Acosta had the ability to charge Epstein for sex trafficking but allowed reduced charge of soliciting a prostitute, thus serving far less prison time. Acosta also failed to clear this with Epstein’s victims thereby violating federal law. Acosta must go.