Ghislaine Maxwell denounces violence and intimidation in prison

Ghislaine Maxwell denounces violence and intimidation in prison

UPGRADE DAY

A woman allegedly plotted to kill in her sleep businesswoman Ghislaine Maxwell, sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking of underage girls by a New York court. 

Ghislaine Maxwell told the Daily Mailher daily life in the various detention centers where she has been detained for the past two years.

Accused of sex trafficking of minors, the 59-year-old woman is currently being held in a Florida prison and is expected to remain there for the remainder of his sentence. Between 1994 and 2004, Ghislaine Maxwell recruited young girls who were sexually exploited by wealthy American businessman Jeffrey Epstein.

Imprisoned 24 hours a day, she is not even allowed to go out to get some fresh air. She shares a 3m by 2.5m cell with three other inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.

Her cell, which has four bunks and a small closet for each occupant, is so small that not all four cellmates can stand in it.

Deplorable conditions

The former businesswoman mentioned the harsh isolation, lack of food and drinking water and deep loneliness that led her to file 300 separate complaints with the authorities.

A fellow prisoner even planned to kill her in her sleep, said Ghislaine Maxwell, adding that a bounty had been placed on her head. 

In addition to death threats against her, she claims having endured weeks of torment during which she was forced to wear nothing more than a gown in freezing temperatures because authorities feared she would commit suicide.

Despite the particularly difficult prison conditions in Tallahassee, the 50-year-old feels safer there than elsewhere.

She also deplores the difficult access to telephones. If no phone is available during the one-hour window when you can leave your cell, then no calls are possible.

“It's difficult to access the phone, since until just a few days ago there were only two working phones. Everyone tries to call their family,” she said.

Typical day

Wake up at 6 a.m., lunch served at 6:20 a.m., then “nothing happens until about 10:30, when you go to dinner,” she reported.

“And nothing happens until counting after that. You have to get up at 4 p.m. and they [guards] count you. After that you get what is called the main evening meal and you have about 20 minutes to eat. The lights go out around 10 p.m., “said the inmate.

Employee of the small law library and the prison's education center, Ghislaine Maxwell says she wants to help people.&nbsp ;

“I see this as an opportunity to use all my abilities to help the people around me because some of them really don't have much,” she says. .

“There are many who don't speak English or are uneducated, so I use my skills to help them,” she adds.