Volume XXIII

Prosecuting Sex Trafficking: How the Indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell in the Case Against Jeffery Epstein Highlights the Difficulties in Sex Trafficking Crimes Prosecution

by Sophia Blake

March 2005 marked the beginning of dozens of accusations against New York finance giant Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse. After a 14-year old girl accused Epstein of sexual molestation at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, an investigation into Epstein uncovered years of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of dozens of underage women. In July 2019, Epstein was arrested in New Jersey and pleaded not guilty to the accusations of abuse. Epstein is one of the many public figures who has recently been prosecuted for their sexual abuse. Since the start of the #MeToo movement in 2017, the prosecutions of high profile cases such as with Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, and R. Kelly, highlight some of the difficulties survivors of sex trafficking face in recovering from their abusers. However, Epstein’s case is. unique because his ex-girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was also prosecuted and charged with assisting Epstein for transporting underage girls to his homes in New York, New Mexico, and her home in London, and also engaging in the sexual abuse …

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