Yesterday, November 29th, 2021, marked the beginning of opening arguments in one of the highest profile criminal cases brought to trial in Manhattan, New York. Despite the seriousness of the federal charges being pressed against Ghislaine Maxwell, there are many who don’t even know who the woman is or what she’s being charged with. Of course, the press knows who she is, politicians and Hollywood elites know who she is, but most of your everyday men and women in the country are a little lost.
I personally asked eleven different people who Ghislaine Maxwell was or if they knew about her trial, and of the eleven, all of whom I know use Facebook and other social media sites regularly, seven admitted to recognizing her name. Only four knew both her name and what she’s being charged with. As soon as I mentioned the convicted child molester and pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, everyone (even the four who knew neither name nor charges) showed a glimmer of recollection.
Thanks to the rampant memes about whether or not Epstein committed suicide by hanging or was murdered, even the least tech savvy or uninformed recalled the accusations.
As of this July 2019, Fox News ran an article about a book which points out some very odd, very bizarre circumstances. Those circumstances were what lead to the dozens upon dozens of memes, as well as the phrase “Epstein didn’t kill himself” being inserted into bios, videos, whispers in pranks videos, and all over twitter posts or Facebook statuses. It’s a phrase that still endures to this day…
I heard they're calling the new variant "Epstein Didn't Kill Himself."
— Carla Gericke (@CarlaGericke) November 26, 2021
With the Ghislaine Maxwell trial going on, its important to remember that Jeffery Epstein didn't kill himself.
— Troy Honzay (@HonzayTroy) November 28, 2021
So, what is the accused “companion” being charged with? Maxwell has had six different charges filed against her which “relate to accusations that she facilitated the sexual exploitation of girls for her longtime companion, the disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.“
According to the article linked above, all six charges are in reference to four specific young women who were under age at that time. They are as follows:
One count of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, in which Ms. Maxwell is accused of coercing one girl — identified as Minor Victim 1 in charging documents — to travel from Florida to New York, between 1994 and 1997, to engage in sex acts with Mr. Epstein.
One count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sex acts, which accuses Ms. Maxwell of bringing the same girl from Florida to New York on numerous occasions.
One count of sex trafficking of a minor, which charges that between 2001 and 2004, Ms. Maxwell recruited, enticed and transported another girl — identified in the charges as Minor Victim 4 — to engage in at least one commercial sex act with Mr. Epstein.
And three counts of conspiracy, which are related to the other counts. The conspiracy counts in the indictment are more expansive, involving all four accusers and homes in the United States and in London. These charges involve accusations that Ms. Maxwell worked with Mr. Epstein to secure underage girls for sex acts, for example, by encouraging one to give Mr. Epstein massages in London between 1994 and 1995.
If convicted, Maxwell could face a max of 40 years for “conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors” and five to ten years for the other charges. As Maxwell is currently 59 years old, a conviction of the trafficking alone could wind up a life sentence. However, in a separate trial, Ghislaine Maxwell will also be charged with two different counts of perjury regardless of this outcome.
The New York Post provided updates throughout the day as the federal and criminal case against her cannot be streamed or photographed to the general public.