Saturday, 24 Oct 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell snapped at anti sex-trafficking event before arrest for 'providing paedo Epstein with young girls'

GHISLAINE Maxwell poses at a fundraiser for girls fleeing sex traffickers — before being arrested on suspicion of recruiting underage victims for paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

The picture shows the British socialite at a 2013 drinks reception for Stop the Trafficking of People (Stop) in New York.

She posed next to then French Ambassador to the US François Delattre, with Stop founder Celhia de Lavarene.

Celhia, 78, said: “She’s got some nerve. But I am not surprised.

“I’ve come to realise that these people need to appear to be doing good and make people believe it.”

Also in the snap are Celhia and French fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, who hosted the fundraiser at her store in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Mr Delattre, who went on to become France’s Permanent Representative to the UN, gave an impassioned speech on fighting human trafficking.

As Maxwell, then 51, looked on, he explained that Celhia was raising money for rescue centres for girls and women who escape sex traffickers, so they are not forced back on the streets.

Celhia told The Sun: “The French Ambassador made a speech in which he explained what my organisation has been doing for years.

“He asked for money for us to open a rescue centre in some countries where girls are forced and sold into prostitution. He told how they were raped and beaten.”

Maxwell, 58, is in jail accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein, who killed himself in prison last year.

She denies the charges.

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