Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's twisted sex traffic world was based at Teterboro
A jury found Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's associate, guilty on 5 of 6 counts in a sex trafficking case. USA TODAY
It was a case that captivated the nation and one that had roots in New Jersey.
Specifically, in Teterboro, a tiny borough less than 15 miles from Manhattan that is known for its airport that caters to the jet set.
Snuggled between Route 46 and the Meadowlands, the airport was the hub of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring. From this two-runway airstrip, Epstein used his fleet of private jets to deliver dozens of sex slaves — some as young as 14 — to celebrities, royals and famous politicians.
Shortly after Epstein was arrested in 2019 — and before he killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell — The Record and NorthJersey.com embarked upon an investigative project to trace the flights on Epstein's planes in and out of Teterboro Airport.
Using flight logs and interviews with dozens of people, we produced a compelling look at how this tiny airport built on New Jersey swamp land became central cog for Epstein's horrific, world-wide sex trafficking ring.
Here are those stories:
Teterboro Airport was Epstein hub
Sex trafficking tough to prevent
The TSA promised to do more to prevent human trafficking at Teterboro Airport, a hub of an underage sex dealing operation run by notorious financier Jeffrey Epstein, following our reporting. But some elected leaders in North Jersey question whether the changes go far enough.
Lax security at Teterboro Airport?
State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg sent a letter to the airport’s owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey asking about rules and procedures at Teterboro to prevent illegal trafficking in drugs, guns or people.
“Does the PAPD or anyone else ensure that children are not being trafficked through the airport?” Weinberg said in her letter, which was addressed to Kevin J. O’Toole, the Port Authority's chairman. “And more broadly, is anyone responsible for ensuring weapons and illegal drugs are not being trafficked through Teterboro?”
TSA asked to stop trafficking at Teterboro
Two Congressmen from North Jersey, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D – Paterson, and Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D – Wyckoff, urged federal regulators to take additional steps to combat human trafficking at Teterboro airport following The Record and NorthJersey.com's investigation.
Daniel Sforza is the Executive Editor of The Record and NorthJersey.com. He can be reached at email@example.com