Federal prosecutors add sex trafficking charges against Ghislaine Maxwell

Sex trafficking charges added to indictment against Ghislaine Maxwell

Two new U.S. federal charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor have been filed against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

According to Reuters and CNBC, Maxwell's new charges include sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor.

In the new indictment, prosecutors with the Southern District of NY allege that Maxwell met Minor Victim-4 at Epstein's Palm Beach residence in 2001 when the latter was approximately 14 years old.

Maxwell now faces an eight-count indictment that includes charges of enabling his sexual misconduct and perjury, Reuters reported.

It took allegations beyond the earlier charges, which had alleged that Maxwell recruited three girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 1997 and sometimes joined in the abuse.

On March 22, Judge Nathan rejected Maxwell's third request for bail, saying Maxwell remained a significant flight risk.

Maxwell was already facing six counts tied to Epstein's alleged sex trafficking network.

Maxwell, a USA citizen, has pleaded not guilty to charges brought a year after Epstein was arrested on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell normalized sexual contact with the girl by discussing sexual topics in front of her and being in her presence when the girl was naked in Epstein's massage room in h...

Prosecutors say she played a key role in Epstein's abuse of underage girls, helping to groom the victims and encouraging them to accept his offers of financial assistance.

They also said the fact that the superseding indictment was returned by a Manhattan grand jury should negate an argument by Maxwell's lawyers that the indictment was unjustly returned by a White Plains grand jury that primarily would have been composed of white people.

In a letter filed with the court, prosecutors said a grand jury sitting in Manhattan returned the charges.

"These productions, together with the guidance provided to the defense today regarding discovery relating to Minor Victim-4, should provide ample time for the defense to prepare for trial and proceed as scheduled on July 12, 2021", they wrote.

Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew, leaving the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil near Salisbury, England. Maxwell, the former girlfriend of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, was first arrested in the United States on July 2, 2020.

Maxwell has been jailed without bail pending trial since mid-July, with US District Judge Alison Nathan saying that Maxwell's wealth, worldwide ties and "extraordinary capacity to avoid detection" made her a flight risk.

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The new indictment prolongs the length of the alleged conspiracy and adds a "Minor Victim-4". The two additional charges are sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor. He killed himself at a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019. His death was ruled a suicide.



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