What’s Current: Ghislaine Maxwell handed 20 years in prison for aiding Jeffrey Epstein in global sex trafficking

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  • Ghislaine Maxwell is sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually exploit underage girls in a “horrific” international trafficking scheme that went on for years.
  • The University of Central Lancashire issues first-ever guidelines* for journalists tasked with reporting on trans-identified defendants, as reporters are put in “impossible positions” by courts when writing about a criminal’s gender identity.
  • Women are deleting their period tracking apps out of fear their unsecured medical data will be used to prosecute them in future criminal cases in U.S. states where abortion is now illegal.

*The University of Central Lancashire removed the guidelines after receiving complaints, calling the guidelines “transphobic.”

Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.