#minorsextrafficking | How Jeffrey Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell stayed hidden

Ghislaine Maxwell went into hiding after her former lover Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last year over child sex offences and human trafficking.

He died by suicide while in custody in August 2019 and now court papers have revealed the extent Ms Maxwell went to in order to stay out of reach of authorities and the public eye.

The 58-year-old is in a New Hampshire prison as she awaits the start of a trial detailing her part in the alleged abuse of underage girls.

In documents filed after her arrest, prosecutors revealed the British socialite was linked to more than 15 bank accounts with balances ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $20 million.

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Ms Maxwell also is a citizen of France, where she was born; the United Kingdom, where she lived for many years; and the US, where she was naturalised in 2002, and possesses passports from all three countries.

As authorities closed in on Epstein, his closest confidante made at least 15 international flights over three years to places including the UK, Japan and Qatar.

In December last year, she decided to stay put and splashed out more than $US1 million ($1.43 million) on a 63-hectare property in Bradford, New Hampshire.

That home was purchased through a limited liability corporation set up especially for the transaction.

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Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested at a New Hampshire house

While in seclusion in the mountainous estate, Ms Maxwell changed her phone number and registered it under the name G Max.

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Ghislaine Maxwell used a nickname, moved homes and changed her phone number and email address to avoid detection.(AP/PA: Chris Ison)

She also adopted a new email address and ordered deliveries which arrived with a different name on the shipping label.

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Ms Maxwell appeared briefly by video from jail at a hearing in New Hampshire federal court this week, where a judge ordered her to face the criminal charges in New York.

She did not enter a plea and bail was not determined.

She is charged with four criminal counts related to procuring and transporting minors for illegal sex acts and two of perjury.

The indictment accuses Maxwell of luring the girls beginning in 1994 through 1997 by asking them about their lives, schools and families and taking them shopping or to movies.

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