Ghislaine Maxwell played a key role in billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s string of abuse against young girls, a prosecutor told the court.

During the opening day of her trial in New York, the court heard how Maxwell had a “playbook” on how to abuse young girls and the British socialite was Epstein’s “partner in crime”.

Prosecutor Lara Pomerantz told jurors that between Maxwell, 59, and Epstein, they had committed crime for over ten years.

Pomerantz went on to describe the experience of a 14-year-old girl called Jane, who was introduced to Epstein and a woman at a music camp, with Epstein saying he was a donor there.

Epstein introduced himself as “someone who gave scholarships for kids”

However, the prosecutor went on to reveal “what Jane did not know then is that the man and woman were predators”.

As reported by The Mirror, Pomerantz continued: “Who was that woman targeting young girls for sexual abuse? It was the defendant: Ghislaine Maxwell.

"She helped normalise abusive sexual conduct.”

The meeting of Jane with Epstein and Maxwell was the beginning of sexual abuse that would last for years, the court heard.

It is alleged that Maxwell would encourage the girls to give Epstein massages but this would reportedly turn into sexual abuse.

The prosecutor continued to talk about Jane and told the court “the defendant was trafficking kids for sex” and alleges that Maxwell would even be in the room when assaults took place.

Pomerantz said Maxwell “walked the girls into a room where she knew that man would molest them, and there were times she was in the room when it happened, making it all feel normal and casual. That is why we are here today.”

During the opening statements, Pomerantz called it “a pyramid scheme of abuse.”

She continued by telling jurors that they can expect to hear stories of each of Maxwell’s alleged victims.

The attorney added: “You will learn about multiple girls who were targeted by Epstein and the defendant for sexual abuse.

“You will learn about a 16-year-old girl, who travelled to Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, who found herself alone with Maxwell and Epstein.”

If convicted of all six charges, Maxwell could face a maximum of 70 years in prison. She has called the charges against her 'absolute rubbish' and denies each count, one of which is the sex trafficking of a minor. She is also accused of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sex trafficking conspiracy.

According to reports in the Lower Manhattan courthouse, Maxwell appeared to be relaxed and appeared to smile from behind her mask as she waved at her sister.

The trial, which is expected to last six weeks, continues.

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