Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused of helping lure victims into Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, was arrested today according to authorities.
Prosecutors say Maxwell helped Epstein coerce young girls into sexual activity from 1994 through 1997, then lied about it under oath in 2016.
“We will be seeking detention” of Maxwell, said Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss, head of the southern district of New York. Authorities are seeking a transfer of Maxwell to New York.
Epstein was arrested last year on multiple charges related to running a sex trafficking operation with under age girls. Wealthy and powerful men from countries and governments all over the world were allegedly clients. Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell weeks after being arrested, but many suspect foul play was involved.
Asked if additional precautions will be taken with Maxwell while she is custody Strauss said, “As you know, we are sensitive to that concern and certainly we’ll be in dialogue with the Bureau of Prisons about it.”
Authorities have been searching for Maxwell for some time. It was revealed today that investigators have been surveilling her and she was arrested today in Bradford, New Hampshire, without incident.