Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty in sex trafficking trial

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of five out of six charges of recruiting and grooming teenage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.

The trial has been seen by some as a chance to hold both her and the late financier accountable.

Among the charges, she has been found guilty of sex trafficking a minor – punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Deliberations began December 20, halting after Wednesday for the Christmas holiday before resuming Monday.

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Prosecutors said Mr Epstein could not have sexually abused girls as young as 14 without Maxwell serving as his "lady of the house."

Ms Maxwell's lawyers claimed she is innocent.

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