Matt Gaetz’s Ex Lends Weight to Child Sex Trafficking Investigation

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A former girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL)  has testified before a federal grand jury in Orlando scrutinizing whether he broke sex trafficking laws by providing goods or payments to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex, reports the New York Times. The witness dated Gaetz for roughly two years after meeting him through one of his former confidants, Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty last year to a series of charges, including sex trafficking a minor. Gaetz’s former girlfriend is one of several women who met Greenberg through the website SeekingArrangement, which describes itself as a place where wealthy people find attractive companions and treat them to gifts and cash. Greenberg introduced these women to Gaetz, who often had sexual relationships with them. Investigators began seeking evidence and testimony from Gaetz’s former girlfriend in late 2020, and the F.B.I. seized her phone at the end of that year, according to two people familiar with the investigation. They also have asked her whether Gaetz sought to dissuade potential witnesses from cooperating with the investigation.

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