Channel 4 News said its investigation, released on Tuesday, found “more than a half-dozen claims that young women and girls have been targeted, trafficked, groomed or abused in the UK” by Epstein and Maxwell. In the period “has been running for over a decade.”
The report said the alleged offenses include sexual assault and rape.
She was previously charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy and abetting minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and from 1994 to 1997 for allegedly grooming and recruiting underage girls. was transported for engaging in criminal sexual activity.
Channel 4 News reports that “serious questions” have been raised as to why the Metropolitan Police failed to conduct a full criminal investigation of Epstein and Maxwell.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said in a statement Tuesday that it “always takes allegations of sexual offenses and abuse seriously.”
“We will always consider and review any new information sent to us from Channel 4,” the statement said.
Furthermore, in its statement, the MPS acknowledged that the force had received “non-recent trafficking charges for sexual abuse against a US citizen, Jeffrey Epstein, and a British woman in 2015, following incidents outside the UK”. and was accused of smuggling. Central London in March 2001.”
However, according to the MPS, an assessment of the available evidence made it clear that “any investigation of human trafficking will focus largely on activities and relations outside the UK.”
“The authorities therefore concluded that the MPS was not the appropriate authority to conduct the inquiry under these circumstances and a decision was taken in November 2016 that the matter would not proceed to a full criminal investigation.”
CNN has contacted Maxwell’s legal team.
According to Channel 4 News, legal experts reviewing the claims obtained by British news outlets said, “The allegations provide clear grounds for an investigation and accuse the Met Police of failing in their legal duty to launch a full criminal investigation.” planted.”