Monday, July 26, 2021

UK’s Scotland Yard to review sex trafficking allegation against Ghislaine Maxwell

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Scotland Yard has confirmed it is to review a dossier of allegations that Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked, groomed and sexually abused a string of girls and young women in London.

Six women have come forward accusing Maxwell and the late financier, Jeffrey Epstein of serious sexual assault in the UK in the 1990s and 2000s.

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In 2016 the Metropolitan Police looked into claims by American, Virgina Giuffre, who  alleged she had been trafficked to London and pressured by Epstein and Maxwell into having sexual relations with Prince Andrew.

The Duke of York has vehemently denied the allegations and the Met later announced it was not carrying out a full blown investigation into the claims.

But now Channel 4 News has presented a dossier of allegations involving five other women who claim they were also abused in London by Maxwell and Epstein.

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Maxwell, 59, is currently on remand in the United States awaiting trial on charges of recruiting and grooming teenage girls from 1994-1997 to provide sexual massages to her one-time boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.

Legal experts who have examined the allegations relating to the UK have said the Met has a legal duty to launch a full criminal inquiry.

Nazir Afzal OBE, the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England, said: “From what I’ve seen, there is clearly enough evidence for the police to investigate more thoroughly than they have done up to now.

“It’s concerning because we’ve got potentially victims here. And maybe other victims or alleged victims, who may if an investigation follows its course, be identified.”

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In a statement the Metropolitan Police said it stood by its previous decision not to launch a criminal investigation into the allegations, but it would review any new information that was presented.

A spokesman for the force said: “The MPS always takes allegations of sexual offences and exploitation seriously.

“The MPS is clear that it will investigate allegations where there is sufficient evidence of an offence having taken place, where it is the appropriate authority to do so and where those against whom the allegations are made are alive.

“The MPS has continued to liaise and offer assistance with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein but is unable to comment on individuals with whom they may or may not have interacted with regard any allegations of crime.

We will always consider any new information and will review the information sent to us from Channel 4.”

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