Maxwell sentenced to 20 years in prison for child trafficking

A New York court has sentenced Ghislaine Maxwell, former lover and longtime right-hand man of serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, to 20 years in prison for collaborating in child sex trafficking with the tycoon.

Judge Alison Nathan has pronounced the sentence after hearing the argument of the Prosecutor’s Office, who requested between 30 and 55 years in prison, and of the defense, which requested an “appropriate” sentence that was “well below” the range presented by the Government. Maxwell has said before the court that he recognized the pain of the victims and has said of Epstein that he was a “manipulative, cunning and controlling” man, but has not apologized.

“I have been dealing with continual fear and anxiety that Epstein and Maxwell would hurt me (…). I am frequently shocked by memories and wake up in a cold sweat from nightmares. I am always vigilant, I suffer from dramatic mood swings and I avoid certain places, situations and people,” said Sara Ransome, one of the victims who spoke. In addition to Ransome, more victims spoke: Annie Farmer and another identified under the pseudonym ‘Kate’.

During the hearing, ‘Kate’ stated that “today I can look at Ghislaine and tell her that I became what I am today despite her and her efforts. for making me feel powerless and insignificant, And I will pass that power on to my daughter.”

Maxwell was fundamentally accused of “encouraging minors to travel to participate in illegal sexual acts” and “transporting minors for the purpose of a sexual act” between 1994 and 1997. To these, two counts of conspiracy and two others of perjury were added.

Last December, a New York jury found Maxwell guilty. for five of the six counts related to the sexual abuse and trafficking of underage girls for which he was being tried.

Since his arrest in July 2020, Epstein’s right-hand man has been in prison and although, during the trial, he pleaded not guilty to the charges, he will eventually have to serve his sentence.

“The massage was an excuse for Epstein to touch them”

During the trial, the prosecutor described her as a “woman dangerous girl who cheated on girls” so that the tycoon “sexually abused them”. According to her account, first they approached the young women, “many of whom were from families that had a hard time making ends meet” and, later, “they gained their trust, gave them hope and promised them the world” by offering them scholarships , travel and contacts.

Having gained their trust, according to the prosecution, Maxwell began to talk openly about sex until he ended up convincing them to give Epstein a massage. “But the massage was an excuse for Epstein to touch them.”

Throughout the trial, several witnesses testified against the British. ‘Kate’, one of her victims, said that she invited her to her house in London to meet Epstein. She there she asked him to give the businessman a first foot and shoulder massage.

A few weeks later they invited her again. This time, Jeffrey Epstein stripped naked in a dark room on a massage table before Ghislaine Maxwell left the room and closed the door. According to ‘Kate’, the massage turned into a sexual act. “I didn’t know how to say no,” the witness told jurors, recounting how she kept seeing the couple at Epstein’s residences in Palm Beach, Florida, New York or the Caribbean.

After the suicide of the billionaire, Maxwell acquired another identity and fled

Jeffrey Epstein was accused in 2019 of “recruit, groom and last abuse” of minors, in some cases 14 years old, from 1994 to 2004. However, a month after entering prison, the billionaire committed suicide at the age of 66 in a New York jail where he awaited trial.

Since the suicide of his former lover, Maxwell has acquired another identity and fled. Early July 2020 was arrested by the FBI in a mansion in Bradford, New Hampshire. She had bought a 63-hectare property and had been hiding there since December of the previous year.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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