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Sex Trafficking Case Gets ready for Defense

Ghislaine Maxwell to Present 35 Witnesses to New York Court Jury. The defense maintains that the crimes that are imputed to his client correspond to Epstein and not to her.


by Maibort Petit


The defense of the English socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell will present in front of the jury panel some 35 witnesses who will explain why the accusations of the federal prosecutors of the United States are false and the ex-girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein is innocent, according to a document presented by attorneys to the Southern District Court of New York.


Photo of Maxwell and Epstein
Maxwell & Epstein together. Maxwell's attornies get ready for defense.

In the document, the defense led by Bobbi Sternheim specifies that 35 people will testify, whose identities will not be revealed for security reasons.


Prosecutors oppose the request.


Maxwell's attorney alleges that

"the court's ruling on this issue may affect the willingness of these witnesses to testify, thereby compromising Ms. Maxwell's right to present her defense."


The court documents do not list the witnesses Maxwell proposes to present for his defense.


In the first two weeks of the trial, prosecutors called 24 witnesses who testified against Maxwell, including four alleged victims.


Generally, in trials of this type, prosecutors present more witnesses to testify

because it is the government,

as the prosecuting party,

that has to prove,

beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant is guilty.

This would be one of the few cases in which the defense presents more witnesses than the prosecutors.


In a letter sent by prosecutors to Judge Alison Nathan, they requested that the court order the defense to provide information on the witnesses scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week.

The prosecutor in the case,

Lara Pomerantz recalled that the government presented before the jury

the testimony of four alleged "minor victims" of Maxwell.

Although Judge Nathan ruled during the trial that only two of Maxwell's accusers could truly be considered "victims."

Those two accusers, who testified using the names Jane and Carolyn, said they were 14 when Epstein and Maxwell abused them.

The judge told the jury

that two other accusers,

Kate and Annie Farmer, are only witnesses due to age of consent laws in London and New Mexico, where the alleged abuse of Epstein and Maxwell took place.

Both women testified that Epstein and Maxwell forced them to receive sexualized massages with Epstein when they were teenagers.


Maxwell says she's another Epstein victim


Of the accusations against her, Maxwell defends by declaring herself as one more victim of the tycoon who was convicted of trafficking in minors.


This is a statement that contradicts the statements of four women abused by him, who claim that Maxwell was in charge of their recruitment, as well as deceiving them. and subjected them to preparation before being handed over to the man who abused when they were just minors between 1994 and 2004.


The Justice Department maintains

that Maxwell had full knowledge that the women she recruited were minors,

specifying that one of them was only 14 years old.

Such testimony contradicts what was said by the defense that, although it admits the recruitment of sexual masseurs, it denies that it knew that they were minors.

The alleged partnership between Epstein and Maxwell would have allowed the latter to constitute a whole network of sex trafficking of minors given to the enjoyment of the businessman.


The first accusations against the socialite occurred in July 2020,

when she was accused of


incitement and conspiracy to incite minors to travel to participate in illegal sexual acts,


transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of participating in criminal sexual activities from 1994 to 1997.


To this later,

charges for sex trafficking were added,

since it was said that Maxwell had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl on several occasions in the town of Palm Beach, Florida. There, she allegedly encouraged the minor to participate in the recruitment of other girls to carry out "sexualized massages"


If found guilty of all six charges by the jury, Maxwell could be sentenced to a maximum of 70 years in prison, when it was found that, in fact, she ran a sex trafficking company in Manhattan and Palm Beach between 2002 and 2005. She allegedly left the law firm. network when Epstein was arrested in July 2019.


Court documents indicate that Maxwell allegedly earned the trust of the minors by inviting them to go shopping or taking them to the theater. After bonding, she would then persuade the young women to massage Epstein while he was naked. This would have occurred in the man's residences located in London, in Manhattan, Palm Beach and New Mexico.


The prosecutors' accusations state that


Ghislaine Maxwell was directly involved in some of the abuses that

Minor Victim 1

claims to have suffered.


The latter says she met Maxwell at the age of 14 and claimed she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein on his properties in New York and Florida.


The defendant would have involved the girl in Epstein's "sexualized massages", allegedly would have undressed in front of the minor and would have witnessed when Minor Victim 1 undressed in front of the businessman.



Minor Victim 2

would have traveled to New Mexico in 1996 to Epstein's ranch, where he allegedly abused her.

In this case, Maxwell would have prepared the girl with an unsolicited massage when she was half dressed.

The defendant would have encouraged Minor Victim 2 to give Epstein a massage.


But on the instructions of Judge Nathan, the jury must bear in mind that it will not be able to convict Ghislaine Maxwell based on the testimony of Epstein's sexual conduct with Minor Victim 2.



Victim Minor 3,

a woman who at the time of the events was 17 years old, that is, an age above that established as consent, would be decisive to prove the charge of general conspiracy to attract minors to participate in illegal sexual conduct . This on the grounds that Maxwell would have befriended her and prepared her for her sexual encounter with Epstein in London.


Victim Minor 4

allegedly met Maxwell when she was 14 years old, the age at which she would have been recruited by the defendant to provide Epstein with sexualized massages in Palm Beach. This would have occurred between 2001 and 2004,

and Minor Victim 4 would have received hundreds of dollars in cash as payment.



Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

She was born in Maisons-Laffitte, France, on December 25, 1961 and her first name is Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell, educated at the University of Oxford, England, speaks several languages ​​and has British, American and French nationalities.



She is a socialite, a member of the British jet set, the youngest daughter of billionaire Robert Maxwell, on whose death in 1991, she moved to the United States, where she met and related to Jeffrey Epstein. Because she had cultivated upper-class friendships from a young age, it would have been her who introduced Epstein to her rich and powerful friends.


In principle, Maxwell and Epstein would have been romantically linked, but later this relationship was transformed to that of assistant and confidant. When the man was charged, she began to walk away from him.


The arrest


Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 2, 2020 [1], since that date she has been held in custody.


The arrest was carried out by the FBI, which broke down the door of a house located on 156 acres in Bradford, New Hampshire, where they arrived following the signal of her cell phone. The house would have been bought during Maxwell's two-hour trip a few months after Epstein's death in 2019. The deal would be done in cash through a company.


The truth is that a lot of conjecture has been woven about its address, placing it in various settings. But apparently her residence was in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, on the Boston waterfront.


With what, it is deduced, she hid herself keeping in view all the time, since press reviews about her in various places and situations were common.


"She was not running from the police,"

her brother Ian said,

but prosecutors say that between 2017 and 2020, she took "at least 15 international flights" to the UK, Japan and Qatar.


It is known that in 2016 she sold a townhouse at 116 East 65th Street in New York for about $ 15 million. It is a property registered in the name of a company.



The charges

Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts;


Seducing a minor to travel and engage in illegal sexual acts;


Conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;


Transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity;


sex trafficking of minors; and


sex trafficking conspiracy.


In addition,

Maxwell faces two counts of perjury, as the government maintains that she lied under oath when previously consulted on matters related to Epstein.


In total, there are eight federal charges,


the trial court having decided to address the two perjury charges in a separate trial.



Four refusals of bail


On four occasions Ghislaine Maxwell has requested the benefit of bail - the last of them on November 9 - all of which have been denied, on the grounds that the defendant has multiple citizenships, including that of the United Kingdom, "a nation that does not seem to extradite its citizens. "


In her repeated attempts to get bail, Maxwell offered to renounce her foreign citizenships, and put money under supervision,


but the court has refused.


The judge in the case has argued for her refusal the "extraordinary ability to evade detection" that the defendant possesses, a reasoning that is based on the fact that her whereabouts were unknown for years, although she was essentially on view all the time.




It is good to note that the judge in the case, Alison Nathan, expressed her firm decision to keep the trial on the right track. Since her appointment in the case, she has issued a number of rulings, including allowing prosecutors to use the word "victim" when discussing Maxwell's accusers, as well as allowing those accusers to testify anonymously using pseudonyms.


In addition to her bail denials, Alison Nathan has dedicated herself to thoroughly reviewing each document submitted by both prosecutors and advocates. She allowed Maxwell to keep undisclosed "sensational" information contained in court documents and transcripts secret. It has also limited some of the wording proposed by prosecutors.


In guarded jail


Thus, Ghislaine Maxwell, by virtue of the refusal of the Court to grant her bail, has remained since her arrest and will continue to do so for at least the days that the trial lasts, at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Correctional Center in the city of New York.


There she is permanently watched by the guards, who shine a flashlight on her to certify that she has not made the same decision as her partner Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in the same prison on August 10, 2019.


Maxwell, through her lawyers, has denounced inhumane prison conditions, arguing that he cannot communicate adequately with her defenders and that she does not receive mail promptly, in addition to the fact that the conditions of the place where she is located are discouraging, unsanitary and unsafe.



Why this report is important....

This report will be one of many. With our southern borders open, sex and human trafficking are a real concern. Of course none of those situations will get the attention and media of this sensational case.

We must speak up for the most vulnerable, our children.....



About the Author

Maibort Petit is a Venezuelan writer, researcher and political scientist specialized in Transnational Organized Crime. Based in New York, she works for various Hispanic media outlets and as a consultant for various firms in New York and Washington DC.


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