Ghislaine Maxwell Has Been Arrested For Helping Epstein's Sex Trafficking Ring
"This case against Ghislaine Maxwell is the prequel to the earlier case that we brought against Jeffrey Epstein"
Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with helping the former financier sexually exploit and abuse multiple girls in the 1990s.
"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein set for them," Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Thursday in a news conference.
"All the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein, and in some cases by Maxwell herself," said Strauss.
The SDNY led the investigation against multimillionaire Epstein last year, charging him with leading a sex trafficking ring involving the abuse of dozens of young girls, some as young as 14, from 2002 to 2005. Epstein died by suicide in jail in August 2019, a month after the charges went public and before a trial could begin.
"This case against Ghislaine Maxwell is the prequel to the earlier case that we brought against Jeffrey Epstein," said Strauss.
The FBI arrested Maxwell at 8:30 a.m. in Bradford, New Hampshire. William F. Sweeney Jr., from the New York FBI office, called Maxwell "one of the villains in this investigation."
Sweeney said the FBI had been "discreetly keeping tabs" on Maxwell, noting that she had recently "slithered away" to a luxury residence in New England, "continuing to live a life of privilege."
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