Maxwell, former girlfriend of the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, is in a US jail awaiting trial on prices that she recruited three teenage ladies for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 1997.
Channel 4 Information mentioned an investigation has discovered greater than half a dozen claims that younger ladies and ladies are alleged to have been focused, trafficked, groomed, or abused within the UK by Epstein and Maxwell over a interval spanning greater than a decade.
The information outlet mentioned some victims have offered detailed accounts of their experiences, including that the proof comes from a mix of publicly obtainable documentation, witness accounts, and interviews.
Channel 4 Information mentioned the alleged offences embody severe sexual assault and rape.
The Metropolitan Police mentioned they at all times take into account any new info and mentioned they may overview the data put to them by the broadcaster.
Nazir Afzal the previous chief prosecutor for north-west England, instructed Channel 4 Information: “From what I’ve seen, there’s clearly sufficient proof for the police to research extra completely than they’ve carried out to this point.
“It’s regarding, as a result of we’ve obtained probably victims right here.
“And possibly different victims or alleged victims who could, if an investigation follows its course, be recognized.”
The Metropolitan Police mentioned they at all times take allegations of sexual offences and exploitation significantly.
In a press release, the pressure mentioned: “The MPS is evident that it’ll examine allegations the place there’s ample proof of an offence having taken place, the place it’s the acceptable authority to take action and the place these in opposition to whom the allegation are made are alive.
“The MPS stands by the assertion by Commander Alex Murray issued on the finish of 2019.
“This confirmed that the MPS had acquired an allegation of non-recent trafficking for sexual exploitation in opposition to a US nationwide, Jeffrey Epstein, and a British girl in 2015 referring to occasions outdoors of the UK and an allegation of trafficking to central London in March 2001.
“Officers assessed the obtainable proof, interviewed the complainant and obtained early investigative recommendation from the Crown Prosecution Service.
“Nonetheless, following the authorized recommendation, it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking can be largely targeted on actions and relationships outdoors the UK.”
The Met mentioned officers due to this fact concluded that the MPS was not the suitable authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances and, in November 2016, a call was made that this matter wouldn’t proceed to a full felony investigation.
Officers reviewed the choice making from 2016 in August 2019 following the loss of life of Jeffrey Epstein, and concluded that the place ought to stay unchanged.
“The MPS has continued to liaise and provide help with different legislation enforcement companies who lead the investigation into issues associated to Jeffrey Epstein however is unable to touch upon people with whom they might or could not have interacted with regard any allegations of crime.
“We’ll at all times take into account any new info and can overview the data despatched to us from Channel 4,” the pressure mentioned.