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British heiress and Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested early Thursday

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British heiress Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested early Thursday from her estate in Bradford, New Hampshire on charges related to her association with the late Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls in recent decades. ~

The indictment includes a number of sex abuse charges, including counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. In addition to these charges, Maxwell is also facing accusations that she perjured herself during a deposition in a civil lawsuit. ~

Maxwell had been accused of aiding Epstein in his enterprises for years, even being labeled as the “highest-ranking employee” of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring. Victims reported that they were hired to give Epstein intimate massages, and were then coerced into performing sexual acts. It is alleged that most of the victims were minors — some as young as 14. Prosecutors say that Maxwell would groom the victims, asking them about their lives, their interests, their goals, and other information that would entice the victims into trusting Maxwell and Epstein. The indictment also stated that Maxwell was sometimes present for, and even participated in, the abuse. While Maxwell’s attorneys have made no formal comment on the indictment, Maxwell had previously commented that the claims against her were “absolute rubbish”. ~

Maxwell was ordered by a magistrate judge to be held in police custody while she is transferred to New York for a detention hearing. According to the indictment, Maxwell “poses an extreme risk of flight”. This is due to the fact that Maxwell has many international connections, as well as three passports. This arrest marks a victory for many alleged victims of Epstein and Maxwell. Brad Edwards, an attorney representing several accusers, simply stated that, “Today is a very good day”. ~

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