A New York jury has found NXIVM Hollywood sex cult leader Keith Raniere guilty on all counts after only 4 hours deliberation.
WARNING: some readers may find the contents of this article disturbing as it explores the depraved inner workings of a cult. This article discusses sexual exploitation and slavery. If you or someone you know has experienced these things you are not alone. Please call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.
After six weeks of testimony NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere was found guilty on all counts to charges of Racketeering, Racketeering Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Forced Labour, Sex Trafficking, Sex Trafficking Conspiracy and Attempted Sex Trafficking. He is facing life imprisonment.
In addition to the shocking details we will go into below, what makes this case particularly concerning is the high levels of access to people in positions of power that the cult was able to attain. Among the highest levels of the cult Smallville actress Allison Mack acted as a recruiter for vulnerable young women and girls and even kept a slave herself.
“Evidence shows how the NXIVM sex cult illegally raised money for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, how it counted Clinton friend Richard Mays and Kirsten Gillibrand’s stepmother as active members and Gillibrand’s father as an employee, and how the cult’s “ally” Chuck Schumer was compromised by virtue of the cult possessing his financial records.” Via BigLeaguePolitics
The cult was found to have been engaging in illegal human trafficking of underage girls from Mexico and enticing vulnerable young women with promises of professional development seminars at no upfront cost. In return these women had to offer ‘collateral’ such as damning testimonial videos that could be used against them if they decided to try to leave. Being physically branded with a hot iron was also a part of the initiation process.
In addition to the seminars, NXIVM also ran a number of illegal day-care centres in New York, LA, Guatemala, Spain and Mexico where sickening psychological experimentation is alleged to have occurred.
Whether or not the exposure of the cult’s connections to those in positions of power will be thoroughly examined remains to be seen. However some are pointing out how the revelations of human trafficking linked to influential people is reminiscent of the ‘Pizzagate’ scandal of 2016 and somewhat validates the claims made.
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