Almost three years after the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein on accounts of sex trafficking and child prostitution, Epstein’s literal partner in crime Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be officially sentenced today for crimes she was arrested for two years ago. Last December, she was found guilty for five of the six counts, and ultimately faces up to 55 years in prison. While 60-year-old Maxwell refuses to officially plead guilty and maintains her innocence, unless her lawyers are able to significantly reduce her time in prison, she is facing a theoretical life sentence.
The Netflix docuseries “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich,” released in 2020, following Epstein’s suicide whilst in prison awaiting sentencing, revealed that Ghislaine Maxwell was the brains behind the horrific Epstein Island sex-trafficking ring that went on for over 10 years. Two victims of Epstein and Maxwell— Sarah Ransome and Elizabeth Stein— appeared in court, speaking out about how Maxwell has negatively altered the course of both of their lives, leading to multiple suicide attempts between the two of them. The horror stories told by these women are painful to hear, mentioning Maxwell as a ‘master manipulator’ who would convince young girls to “massage” Epstein in exchange for money and connections into high society. Maxwell specifically had relationships with high-profile individuals, such as Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, due to her status as the daughter of a former member of the British Parliament.
Eight victims in total sent “impact statements’” to be read in court, outlining their own experiences with Maxwell and why she should be incarcerated for the maximum sentence. Since her arrest in 2020, Maxwell has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and all requests for bail have been denied on account of her being a flight risk. While Ghislaine Maxwell claims that she is simply being used as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes, since he is no longer alive to be punished, she was nevertheless convicted guilty for the charges of sex trafficking of minors, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, as well as three conspiracy charges relating to the transportation of minors for prostitution.