Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.
Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn.
Over the past two decades, Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs in the United States, Mexico, Canada and South America. Raniere will be arraigned on a date to be determined.
Ms Mack is accused of helping founder, Keith Raniere, of helping him to recruit women who were then exploited "both sexually and for their labour".More news: United States gymnastics coaching duo says doctor's sex abuse surprised them
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But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor to the defendants' benefit", said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of NY in Brooklyn. The more I looked into this particular "self-help" cult, the weirder things got. Nxivm is a type of pyramid scheme, in which "members" pay thousands of dollars for courses and try to rise in the ranks through recruitment, but it also has a darker side. In legal papers detailing the charges, Mack is alleged to have worked as a recruiter for the secret DOS organisation, also known as Vow, which was touted as a female empowerment group, from February, 2016 to June, 2017. DOS operated with levels of women "slaves" headed by "masters". Mack, 35, was allegedly a DOS Master who recruited and directed slaves to have sex with Raniere, also known as "Vanguard". Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. "Kreuk says she left NXIVM years ago and commended the women who exposed DOS".
"Ms. Mack was one of the top members of a highly organized scheme which was created to provide sex to [Raniere]", said Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza said in court.
Mack and other DOS masters recruited DOS slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicate purported weaknesses that the Nxivm curriculum taught were common in women. "Mack is an alleged co-conspirator, reporting directly to Raniere".
This, my friends, is the definition of a risky cult.
Those seeking to join DOS were required to provide collateral such as nude photos, damaging information about family or friends, or rights to assets. She faces a minimum of 15 years in jail and could even receive a lifetime imprisonment sentence.