The long-time gal pal and possibly a pimp for the now-deceased financier, Jeffrey Epstein, is cooling her heels in federal custody. Ghislaine Maxwell is facing a multitude of sex abuse charges brought about from allegations of sex trafficking underage girls. A six-count indictment, now unsealed, alleges Maxwell lured minors into visiting Epstein’s many safe havens for illicit activity. The document mentions homes in London, New Mexico, Palm Beach, and the upper East Side of Manhattan, where they allegedly engaged in sexual acts.
Prosecutors say while Ghislaine was Epstein’s girlfriend, she “assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims.”
Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss and the FBI’s Assistant Director Bill Sweeney led a press conference filled with imagery benefitting the charges. Sweeney delighted the reporters, saying, Ghislaine “slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of leisure.”
Strauss explained that the focus on Maxwell is for her alleged actions from 1994 to 1997, calling the imputations “the prequel” to the indictments filed one year ago against Epstein. Before his untimely demise while in custody, Epstein’s life from 2002 to 2005 was under the microscope.
Maxwell, who is 58, is facing life in prison – if she lives that long.
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When news broke of Maxwell’s arrest, social media platforms received a much-needed breather from all things related to Coronavirus, looters, protesters, and the debate over former Vice President Joe Biden’s mental health – or lack thereof. It’s almost as if the FBI said, “Hey. Let’s talk about Epstein again. That’s more interesting.”
As this juicy bit of news hit the airwaves, folks began reminding one another of the influential people both Epstein and Maxwell invited for celebrity game night – heads of state, former presidents, celebrities, and Hollywood weirdos.
Within minutes, speculation of Maxwell’s impending suicide was all the chatter on Facebook and Twitter.
And Epstein’s relationship with former President Bill Clinton – who was a guest on the infamous Lolita Express 26 times – brought conspiracy theorists out in droves. This latest arrest in the disgusting saga of international child sex abuse and trafficking will not die down any time soon, and the authorities holding Ms. Maxwell had better keep a sharp eye on their charge.
Alleged victims of the disturbing duo now feel free to comment publicly without fear of repercussion. Jennifer Araoz responded to the news, saying Maxwell’s arrest “means some justice for survivors can exist.”
In her emailed statement, Araoz continued:
“For years, I feared Epstein and his ring. Maxwell was the center of that sex trafficking ring. Now that the ring has been taken down, I know that I can’t be hurt anymore. Day after day, I have waited for the news that Maxwell would be arrested and held accountable for her actions. Her arrest is a step in that direction, and it truly means that the justice system didn’t forget about us.”
For decades children have been (allegedly) abused at the hands of the rich and powerful without any means to fight back. Perhaps this arrest will bring all involved to their knees.
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