Ghislaine Maxwell guilty in a sex trafficking case

Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted of five counts of sex trafficking.

The British socialite was accused of recruiting and caring for teenage girls for the sexual abuse of financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The jury of six men and six women reached the verdict on Wednesday after consulting for about 40 hours over six days.

Maxwell, 60, faces up to 65 years in prison on the five charges when she is convicted in a federal court in New York City.

“The road to justice has been far too long. But today, justice has been done. I would like to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and the outcome of the day, possible, “said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a statement.

Prosecutors say Epstein, who committed suicide while awaiting trial for the actual sex abuse, could not have committed his crime without Maxwell serving as his “lady of the house.”

More than 100 women and girls have said Epstein has sexually abused them. Prosecutors presented four of the more willing women with better documented cases.

She was acquitted on a single charge, namely having lured a minor to travel across state borders for the purpose of sexual activity.

Defense lawyers had said that Maxwell was used by the federal government as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes, the justice that his death had cheated for.

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