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Ghislaine Maxwell Is Set to Appear in Court This Afternoon — What's Next?

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Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in the early morning of Thursday, July 2, in Bradford, N.H. on charges related to the serial sexual abuse of girls and young women. She is set to appear in court this afternoon. 

Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend is facing new allegations over her involvement in a sex trafficking scheme designed to entice, exploit, and harm underage women. So, what's next? Where is she now?

What will happen to Ghislaine Maxwell? Where is she now?

Maxwell had mysteriously disappeared from the public eye in July 2019, following the arrest of Epstein. 

As William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI New York Field Office, told NPR, tracking down her movements required the close cooperation of FBI offices located in Boston, Mass., New Haven, Conn., Albany, N.Y., and Newark, N.J.

"We've been discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell's whereabouts as we worked this investigation [...] And more recently, we learned she'd slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire — continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago," Sweeney explained. 

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The daughter of British media mogul, suspected spy, and fraudster Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of using her privilege, broad network, and wealth to evade taking responsibility for the systematic exploitation and abuse of underage women. 

As the indictment published by NPR reveals, the forthcoming court case will focus on the illegal activities she partook in between 1994 and 1997. Epstein was charged in July 2019 with the sexual abuse of young girls from 2002 to 2005.

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NY Southern District US Audrey Strauss announcing charges against Maxwell

"The indictment against Jeffrey Epstein that we filed in July of 2019 charged Epstein with sexual abuse of young girls from 2002 to 2005. This case against Ghislaine Maxwell is the prequel to the earlier case that we brought against Jeffrey Epstein," acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss stated at a press conference held in New York on Thursday, July 2. 

As the indictment states, Maxwell and Epstein used various tactics to groom young women. They would take their victims to the cinema or shopping. Other times, they would offer to cover their travel costs or education fees. It's understood they relied on these strategies to manipulate them into participating in sexual acts, such as giving erotic massages. 

As the document alleges, Maxwell engaged in these encounters to encourage the young girls to strip naked or allow Epstein to get closer to them. 

Maxwell and Epstein would invite minors and young women to locations including the "New York Residence," a multi-story building on the Upper East Side, Manhattan; the "Palm Beach Residence," a house in Palm Beach, Fla.; the "New Mexico Residence," a ranch in Santa Fe, N.M.; and Maxwell's residence in London, England. 

The case concerns the abuse of at least three victims, all of whom were under the age of 18 when they first met the notorious duo. 

If you need support, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673. You will be connected with a trained staff member in your area. Or visit RAINN.org to chat online with a support specialist at any time.

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