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    Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Helping Jeffrey Epstein In Sex Trafficking

    Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for helping her longtime partner Jeffrey Epstein groom and abuse young girls. She was convicted of trafficking four teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein in December. Six months on, Maxwell has received her sentence.

    The 60-year-old UK socialite spoke to the victims in court: “Jeffrey Epstein should have been here before all of you. It is not about Epstein, ultimately. It is for me to be sentenced.” The former financier took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019, while awaiting his own sex trafficking trial.

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    Ghislaine Maxwell Jailed For 20 Years In Sex Trafficking Case

    Ghislaine Maxwell

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial had ended with a conviction on five counts. Prosecutors had asked the judge to give her a sentence of 30 to 55 years in prison, while the probation department suggested 20 years. Maxwell’s own attorneys were trying to request a sentence of 4.25 to 5.25 years. But Judge Alison J Nathan sentenced her for 20 years saying that the socialite’s conduct had been “heinous and predatory“.

    She added that Maxwell was not being punished for Jeffrey Epstein, but the sentence was given for her “direct and repeated participation in a horrific scheme.” The judge added, “Ms Maxwell worked with Epstein to select young victims who were vulnerable and played a pivotal role in facilitating sexual abuse. She is not punished in place of Epstein, Ms Maxwell is being punished for the role that she played.” Maxwell’s crimes took place over a decade, between 1994 and 2004.

    Maxwell was also sentenced to five years of supervised release along with a fine of $750,000, but her attorney said she won’t be able to pay the damages. The judge then declared that she will be sent to a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut.

    Maxwell: “My Association With Epstein Will Permanently Stain Me”

    Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
    Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

    Ghislaine Maxwell addressed the victims in court before the sentence was announced. She said, “I am sorry for the pain that you’ve experienced. I hope my conviction brings you closure.” She also called Epstein a manipulative, cunning man who fooled all in his orbit, and added, “My association with Epstein will permanently stain me.”

    Annie Farmer, one of the victims, who detailed her trauma in a statement wrote, “Judge Nathan, I hope when you consider the appropriate prison sentence for the role Maxwell played in this sex trafficking operation, you take into account the ongoing suffering of the many women she abused and exploited as we will continue to live with the memories of the ways she harmed us. “I hope you weigh the systemic effects of the crimes she perpetrated — the ways that our family members, romantic partners, and friends have been hurt through our suffering.”

    The sex trafficking case was one of the most significant and high-profile cases that gained momentum due to the #MeToo movement.

    US Attorney Damian Williams thanked the victims for testifying and lauded the judgment. He said, “Today’s sentence holds Ghislaine Maxwell accountable for perpetrating heinous crimes against children. This sentence sends a strong message that no one is above the law and it is never too late for justice.”

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    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury is the Chief Editor at First Curiosity. She has always been fascinated with the power of words and the need to follow goings on of the world. She likes to spend most of her time contemplating her existence, and escaping reality by reading, writing, and watching movies and shows. So, she made a career out of it in 2017 when she joined ScoopWhoop and extensively wrote about pop culture. To gain more experience of hardcore news, she moved on to the print arena with The Sunday Guardian newspaper where she interviewed celebrities, musicians, sportsmen, authors, chefs, and more. Her love of all things art and culture also led her to review books, movies, series, and restaurants. She tested and expanded her skills by dabbling in the digital space with India Today’s entertainment team. There, she wrote thousands of articles on the world of glitz and glamour. Now, at First Curiosity, she constantly searches and writes stories that resonate with readers and spark their interest. She also manages a team of dedicated writers who share her vision to remain sane in a crazy world with doses of entertainment.

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