Ghislaine Maxwell Sex Trafficking Trial Underway in New York

Sketches: Jane Rosenberg

By Democracy Now

HAVANA TIMES – In New York, opening statements began Monday in the federal sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell — the British socialite who is accused of luring economically disadvantaged girls to be sexually abused by convicted predator and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told jurors starting in the 1990s Maxwell would recruit girls for Epstein to sexually abuse, telling the girls they had been hired to give massages. Pomerantz argued Epstein and Maxwell then devised a “pyramid scheme of abuse” and said the two were “partners in crime.”

At least four women who were sexually abused as children by Epstein will be testifying during the trial, including a survivor who was 14 years old at the time. Maxwell faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted of all counts, including sex trafficking of a minor. Epstein died in a Manhattan jail in 2019; New York’s medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

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  • Her father was an arrogant florid man with whom I had the dubious pleasure of sharing a platform as speakers in 1972. He posed as being a socialist being a Labour Party M.P. Consideration of others, was not a factor in his make-up, and it appears that the characteristic was hereditary.

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