Maxwell Sex Trafficking Conviction is Victory for Survivors

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NCOSE Launches Petition Calling on DOJ to Prosecute the Other Sexual Exploiters Connected to Epstein 

Washington, DC (December 29, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said that Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking conviction is a victory for survivors. 

“Maxwell’s conviction is a triumph for the many survivors who have had to fight tooth and nail for justice,” said Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “The survivors of Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking scheme were sexually assaulted, groomed, and abused by Maxwell. These survivors were ignored by law enforcement for years after attempting to speak out about the Epstein-Maxwell crimes. It was the repeated voices of many courageous survivors who made this day of partial justice possible. 

“This is just the beginning, not the end, of an offensive against sexual predators, including those sex buyers and enablers who participated in the Maxwell/Epstein sex trafficking scheme. Without eager exploiters—who are also sex traffickers under federal law—the scheme would not have continued for as long as it did. They must also be brought to justice. 

“To that end, we call on the Department of Justice to create a cross-jurisdictional task force to investigate, identify and prosecute all perpetrators engaging in sexual exploitation as Maxwell has done. It is past time to listen to survivors and go on the offensive against those who abuse and exploit,” Hawkins said. 

NCOSE has launched a petition calling on the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice to investigate sex buyers and exploiters involved in Maxwell’s sex trafficking scheme. 

The Numbers

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

100+

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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