This has been a long time coming. Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly served as Jeffrey Epstein’s massage scheduler and procurer of young girls, has been charged with sex trafficking of a 14-year-old.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was charged on Monday for the first time with sex-trafficking of a minor, as federal prosecutors accused her of grooming a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with Mr. Epstein and later paying her…
The new charges against Ms. Maxwell go further than those contained in an earlier indictment that accused her of helping Mr. Epstein recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse girls, but did not include sex-trafficking allegations.
It’s a sign of how disgusting this case is that even knowing a 14-year-old is the victim doesn’t really narrow things down very much. According to the Guardian this is a new accuser who was brought into Epstein’s orbit by Maxwell.
Maxwell allegedly met “minor victim-4” at Epstein’s south Florida home around 2001, when the girl was around 14-years-old, and “interacted with [her] on multiple occasions”, according to court papers.
During their interactions, which happened from 2001 to 2004, Maxwell allegedly “groomed minor victim – 4 to engage in sexual acts with Epstein through multiple means.”
Maxwell did so by asking “minor victim-4” about her family and life. She “also sought to normalize inappropriate and abusive conduct by, among other things, discussing sexual topics in front of minor victim-4 and being present when minor victim-4 was nude in the massage room of the Palm Beach residence,” according to the court documents.
On multiple occasions from 2001 to 2004, this victim gave Epstein nude massages, during which he “engaged in multiple sex acts” with her. Maxwell would sometimes call this victim to schedule these massages, court papers allege.
In addition to scheduling appointments and paying the girl, Maxwell also allegedly encouraged her to bring other teens to Epstein’s home for massages. The indictment claims she did so on multiple occasions.
I’m relieved Maxwell is finally facing charges for the grooming and trafficking of at least one of her (alleged) victims, but she reportedly did the same with dozens of others, including some girls brought in from other countries. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the charges Maxwell ought to be facing. But I guess there’s no deal to be made here to spare herself since the person she could have ratted out is already dead.