2 minute read
31 Dec 2021
5:00 am

Beware, a lot of Epsteins live among us in SA


The Maxwell and Epstein horror story should serve to remind us that these abusers live right among us.

Ghislaine Maxwell. Picture: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File/Laura Cavanaugh

It would be easy to dismiss as irrelevant to us in South Africa the news that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted in New York this week for recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein. One of Epstein’s and Maxwell’s victims, Sarah Ransome, grew up in Johannesburg, but there does seem a literal and figurative ocean of distance between us and what happened in an American courtroom. But is there? The trafficking of young girls and women is all too real in South Africa as both local girls and those from...