Ghislaine Maxwell, partner and partner of Jeffrey Epstein and member of high society, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for charges of conspiracy of sex trafficking, among others. Maxwell was found guilty of recruiting and trafficking teenagers for the tycoon to sexually abuse them.
The sentence by a judge in New York would end the trial that exposed a predatory power couple who endeared themselves to the rich and famous while luring vulnerable girls to take advantage of them in the most vile ways.
Maxwell was arrested by the FBI in the summer of 2020 in the United States and, since then, has remained in isolated prison in a special cell to avoid any risk of suicide. Subsequently, and after reviewing the accusations against her, on December 29, 2021, the jury found Maxwell guilty of five of the six charges against her, including child sex trafficking for Epstein.
It should be noted that during that trial, prosecutors alleged that Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial, abused minors hundreds of times over more than a decade, something he could not have done without the help of his then-girlfriend and partner. , Maxwell. At the final hearing in a Manhattan court, Maxwell admitted “the terrible damage” she did “to too many women.”
It is difficult to hear and even more difficult to assume. I am sorry for all the pain you have experienced.
Prosecutors had asked Alison J. Nathan, a federal district judge, to give Maxwell a sentence of 30 to 55 years in prison, while her defense argued for a lenient sentence of just five years.
In the end, the judge imposed a fine of 750 thousand dollars and 20 years in prison on the defendant, who was found guilty of sexual trafficking of minors and other charges. On the other hand, Damian Williams, federal prosecutor, sent a message of support to the victims and, at the same time, recognized the strength and courage of these women, who raised their voices without fear.
Today’s sentence holds Ghislaine Maxwell responsible for perpetrating heinous crimes against children. This phrase sends a strong message that no one is above the law and it is never too late for justice. We again express our gratitude to the victims of Epstein and Maxwell for their courage in coming forward, testifying at trial, and sharing their stories as part of today’s sentencing.
– Damian Williams, United States Attorney