Former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who is facing 55 years in a US prison will ask to serve the bulk of her sentence for child sex trafficking in the UK so she can have family visits
- Ghislaine Maxwell will ask to serve most sentence for child sex trafficking in UK
- The former socialite faces up to 55 years in jail after being convicted in the US
- She procured young girls for the late paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein
- She can then apply to return to the UK to be closer to her family after three years
Ghislaine Maxwell will ask to be transferred to a British prison to serve the bulk of her sentence for child sex trafficking, The Mail on Sunday understands.
The former socialite, who faces up to 55 years in jail after being convicted of procuring young girls for the late paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, will be sentenced on June 28.
Under US law, she will have to spend the first three years in an American prison, but can then apply to return to the UK to be closer to her family.
Maxwell, pictured, is facing 55 years in prison for her role in arranging young girls for Epstein
‘Ghislaine will apply to serve out the remainder of her sentence, whatever that may be, in the UK as soon as she is able,’ a source told The Mail on Sunday.
‘She wants to be in the UK to be closer to her family so she can have family visits. The prisons in Britain are far superior to those in the US and the Brits treat prisoners more humanely. The American system is a disgrace.
‘If she has to spend time in prison she would rather do it in the UK, where people are treated fairly and with a measure of decency.’
Maxwell was convicted in December of five counts of grooming and procuring underage girls for Epstein, who was found hanged in his prison cell in 2019.
For almost two years since her arrest in July 2020, she had been kept in solitary confinement at the maximum-security Metropolitan Detention Center in New York, because officials feared she would kill herself before her trial, but last month she was moved into an area with 40 other inmates.
Ghislaine Maxwell, right, is currently awaiting sentence having been convicted of trafficking young girls for a former boyfriend, paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, left
Maxwell’s brother Ian, 66, revealed yesterday that he was prevented from visiting the 60-year-old after the prison went into lockdown following a fight. It remains in lockdown this weekend.
The daughter of shamed newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell has British, American and French citizenship and has complained of being kept in ‘inhumane’ conditions in jail.
On one day recently she claims to have eaten only a boiled egg and three slices of processed cheese.
Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (pictured)
Sources also claim that she has been unable to prepare adequately for her sentencing hearing because the video link that allows her to view legal documents is not working properly, meaning that she was given just 60 minutes to review a 70-page report.
‘She’s not getting adequate access to the documents she needs to see,’ said one insider.
More than a dozen of Epstein’s victims say they intend to appear at the sentencing, including Virginia Giuffre, who earlier this year reached an out-of-court settlement with Prince Andrew after he consistently and vehemently denied her claims that he sexually abused her.