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Federal prosecutors add intercourse trafficking fees towards Ghislaine Maxwell

Prosecutors allege Maxwell and Epstein recruited the underage girl to perform massages that turned sexual at Epstein’s Palm Beach residence. In exchange, they paid her hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter, prosecutors claim.

The new charges were filed on Monday in a substitute indictment. She was previously charged by the New York Federal Prosecutor’s Office with conspiring and seducing minors to travel for illegal sexual acts and transporting minors to engage in criminal sexual activity to allegedly care and recruit underage girls from 1994 to 1997.

The new charges against Maxwell allege she had sex trafficked minors several times between 2001 and 2004. Prosecutors also accused Maxwell of a sex trafficking conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Maxwell interacted with the 14-year-old girl in Palm Beach on multiple occasions, realizing that the girl was under 18 at the time. The indictment also alleges that Maxwell encouraged and seduced the girl into recruiting other girls for “sexualized massages” for Epstein.

Maxwell has vigorously denied the previous allegations and has pleaded not guilty to those charges. CNN has contacted their lawyers about the new charges.

In a letter filed with the court, prosecutors said a Manhattan-based grand jury had returned the charges. Prosecutors also wrote that starting April 12, 2021, roughly three months before their trial begins, they will produce copies of non-testifying testimony for Maxwell’s attorneys.

“This production will contain the testimony of more than 250 witnesses related to the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein and his government-owned staff who the government is not currently expected to testify in court,” wrote Audrey Strauss, the US Attorney for the US Government in the Southern District of New York.

The portrait of a loyal defense attorney for Jeffrey Epstein emerges from the unsealed deposit of Ghislaine MaxwellMaxwell has been detained without bail since mid-July. US District Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell’s wealth, international connections and “exceptional ability to avoid detection” made her an aviation hazard.

Last week, Nathan denied Maxwell’s third attempt to get bail pending trial, citing “serious doubts about the defendant’s willingness to abide by a set of release conditions”.

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

Two years ago, prosecutors alleged that Epstein ran a sex trafficking company between 2002 and 2005 in his Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida homes. An indictment also stated that Epstein worked with employees and staff to lure the girls into his apartments and paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse them.

Epstein, who pleaded not guilty, died on August 10, 2019 while awaiting trial in federal prison.

The New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Epstein died of suicide by hanging, although a doctor hired by Epstein’s family to perform an independent autopsy has denied that conclusion.

CNN’s Steve Almasy and Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.

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