Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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    The Facts

    • On Tues., Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in helping run Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring.

    • In Dec., she was found guilty of five total federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor; transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; and three related counts of conspiracy.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Ghislaine Maxwell is a criminal who facilitated the trafficking and sexual abuse of underage girls for her boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein. She has done horrible things and deserves to be punished to the full extent of the law.

    Narrative B

    Maxwell is herself a victim who was emotionally manipulated by Jeffrey Epstein. Accordingly, she shouldn't be blamed for the full scope of Epstein's heinous crimes. Maxwell is both a perpetrator and a victim.

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