Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with sex trafficking of a minor for the first time in federal court. 

With these new charges, Maxwell now faces an eight-count indictment. She was previously charged with four counts related to conspiracy to entice minors to travel and engage in illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury for allegedly lying to prosecutors.

The original indictment accused Maxwell of engaging in illegal acts between 1994 and 1997. Monday’s indictment, however, includes a fourth minor victim, who alleges illicit activity between 2001 and 2004.

According to the indictment the fourth victim, who was approximately 14 years old at the time, was recruited to “provide Epstein with sexualized massages” at his Palm Beach residence and was paid by Epstein or his associates, including Maxwell.

The indictment adds that Maxwell groomed the fourth victim “to engage in sexual acts with Epstein through multiple means,” even when she knew they were under the age of 18.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was charged in federal court for the first time with sex-trafficking of a minor.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was charged on Monday for the first time with sex-trafficking of a minor, as federal prosecutors accused her of grooming a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with Mr. Epstein and later paying her.

A new federal indictment filed in Manhattan charged that on multiple occasions between 2001 and 2004, the girl provided nude massages to Mr. Epstein at his Palm Beach, Florida, residence, during which he engaged in sex acts with her.

The new charges against Ms. Maxwell go further than those contained in an earlier indictment that accused her of helping Mr. Epstein recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse girls, but did not include sex-trafficking allegations.

I hope she is given a long, appropriate sentence given what she did. 

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