Ghislaine Maxwell charged with trafficking minors
In an indictment filed yesterday, the United States District Court Southern District of New York Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with trafficking children.
The eight court indictment charges her with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, sex trafficking conspiracy, sex trafficking a minor, and two counts of perjury.
The updated indictment now covers 1994-2004 whereas the previous indictment had spanned 1994-1997. Also included is "minor 4."
"In particular," the overview of the indictment reads, "from at least in or about 1994, up to and including at least in or about 2004, Maxwell 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 known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18. The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18."
Despite several attempts recently to be granted bail, she remains in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting trial.
In a letter outlining the differences between the previous indictment and the new one, prosecutors also stated their intent "in order to ensure the defense has adequate time to prepare for trial, the Government intends to begin its production to the defense of non-testifying witness statements by April 12, 2021, approximately three months in advance of trial."
The letter goes on to say that the information provided to defense will include "statements of more than 250 witnesses related to the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein and his associates in the Government's possession whom the Government does not current expect to call to testify at trial."
Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 12, 2021.
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