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UK police to review allegations against Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Epstein, who awaiting trial for charges of sex trafficking, died in 2019

Jeffrey Epstein Associate Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York | AP

Britain's Metropolitan Police has confirmed it will ‘review’ allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. 59-year-old Maxwell, girlfriend of New York Financier Jeffery Epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking in the US and other charges in her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein and his acquaintances to abuse from 1994 to 2004. 

Maxwell, who is currently in a US prison also allegedly would sometimes, engage in sexual behaviours with the girls or watch Epstein with the girls. 

Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor for northwest England, told Channel 4 News: “From what I’ve seen, there is clearly enough evidence for the police to investigate more thoroughly than they have done up to now.”

At least half a dozen girls have alleged that Maxwell and Epstein have targeted, trafficked, groomed and abused them.  

Epstein, who was in a New York prison awaiting trial for charges of sex trafficking, died in 2019. 

The Metropolitan police service (MPS) said that allegations, where there is ample evidence of an offence has taken place, will be investigated. Appropriate authorities will investigate those against whom investigations are made are alive. 

The MPS said that it had received an accusation of sexual exploitation against a US national Jeffery Epstein and a British woman in 2015 about events outside of the UK and an accusation of trafficking to central London in March 2001.

The Metropolitan police service had, in November 2016, concluded that the MPS would not conduct a full criminal investigation in the case involving Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell as any investigation into human trafficking would focus on activities outside the UK. A 2019 review of the decision concluded that the position of the MPS should remain unchanged. 

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