One of Jeffrey Epstein's victims said yesterday that his sex trade ring had finally been "abolished".
Jennifer Araoz, who claims the financier raped her at age 15, described Ghislaine Maxwell as "the center of this ring".
She said Epstein's victims could "breathe a hint of relief" after Maxwell's dramatic arrest, adding, "I know I can no longer be hurt."
Miss Araoz claims that one of Epstein's recruiters picked her up in 2001 at the age of 14 from her school in New York.
They persuaded her to come to Epstein's £ 65 million mansion, where he later raped her.
She said yesterday: "My fellow survivors from Epstein and I can breathe a sigh of relief, because Maxwell's arrest means that survivors can be fair.
Jennifer Araoz (center of the picture outside a hearing on Epstein's case in August 2019 in New York), who claims that the financier raped her when she was 15, described Ghislaine Maxwell as "the center of this ring".
“I was afraid of Epstein and his ring for years. Maxwell was the center of this sex trade ring. After the ring has been removed, I know that I can no longer be injured.
“Every day I waited for the news that Maxwell would be arrested and held accountable for her actions. Your arrest is a step in that direction and really means that the judicial system has not forgotten us. "
Among those who welcomed the news was David Boies, a lawyer whose client included Prince Andrews Prosecutor Virginia Roberts.
The 36-year-old says she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times when she was 17.
Mr. Boies, who also represents Epstein victims Sarah Ransome, Juliette Bryant, Teresa Helm and sisters Maria and Annie Farmer, said: “This is a great day for justice. Jeffrey Epstein did and couldn't act alone.
"Our clients are delighted and grateful to prosecutors for taking this important step to bring Jeffrey Epstein's conspirators to justice."
Mr. Boies, who also represents Epstein victims Sarah Ransome (right), Juliette Bryant, Teresa Helm and sisters Maria (left) and Annie Farmer, welcomed the news of Maxwell's arrest
A mug shot of pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. He is said to have attacked hundreds of victims
Gloria Allred, who represents 16 of Epstein's victims, said: “I hope (Maxwell) will finally be held accountable if the evidence presented to the court shows beyond any doubt that it played a role in assisting and recruiting young girls in the sex trade made sexual victim. & # 39;
Lisa Bloom, who represents five Epstein victims, said: "Maxwell's brutal, ruthless behavior caused tremendous pain to my customers." We welcome her long overdue arrest today.
"Anyone else accused of facilitating Jeffrey Epstein's raids must also be brought to trial immediately."
Spencer Kuvin, who represents six Epstein victims, warned. "We are delighted that the law firm has decided to continue this arrest, which I hope will be just the beginning," he said.
"We hope that further arrests related to other co-conspirators will continue."
Among his victims, who are feared to be in the hundreds, is British former playboy model Anouska de Georgiou (pictured), who says she was cared for by Epstein as a child after she was born in the 1990s Had met London
However, he added that some victims are "very skeptical because of past arrests and the US government has not done so."
Epstein signed a contract with civil servants in 2009, in which he admitted to requesting a minor for prostitution, but only received 18 months in prison.
He was arrested again last year, but killed himself in prison while waiting for the sex trade trial.
His victims, who are feared to be hundreds, include British ex-playboy model Anouska de Georgiou, who says she was cared for by Epstein as a child after meeting him in London in the 1990s.
"If Jeffrey saw me, he would be physically trembling because he wanted to attack me," she said last year, saying to NBC, "If you are a young man going to a mansion … and all that People, who." are there, pretend that's okay and you're the only one who thinks it's funny, it's hard to say anything. & # 39;
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