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Actress Allison Mack indicted for sex trafficking for her role in Nxivm sex slave cult

April 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Actress Allison Mack indicted for sex trafficking for her role in Nxivm sex slave cult

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Actress Allison Mack indicted for sex trafficking for her role in Nxivm sex slave cult

Federal prosecutors announced Friday the indictment of “Smallville” actress Allison Mack for her alleged role in the upstate sex slave cult Nxivm.

The indictment unsealed by the federal court in Brooklyn charges Mack and Keith Raniere, also known as “Vanguard,” with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy.

Allison Mack, 35, entered her plea and was ordered remanded to custody after Judge Cheryl Pollak, who refused a request from Mack’s lawyers to release her without bail, according to a Justice Department press release.

A bail hearing has been scheduled for Monday.

The actress starred in The CW network’s “Smallville.” Since that series ended in 2011, she has played only minor roles.

Federal Prosecutors said Mack helped recruit women for leader Keith Raniere and his cult-like organization called NXIVM.

The indictment claims Mack told the female victims they were joining what was indicated to be a female mentorship group,

However, according to federal prosecutors, “the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor.”

“Mack and other … masters recruited … slaves by telling them that they were joining a women-only organization that would empower them and eradicates purported weaknesses the NVIVM curriculum taught were common in women,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return.

“Under the guise of female empowerment” Mack “starved women until they fit her co-defendant’s sexual ideal,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Kim Penza said in court.

Additionally, victims omen were required to provide “collateral,” such as highly damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit’s assets. Sex slaves were told that their collateral could be released for any number of reasons, including telling anyone about group’s existence or leaving the group.

Many victims were even branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials.

During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.

If convicted, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.

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