NXIVM sex cult branded women with founder’s initials and made them slaves
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One of the co-founders of a brutal sex that turned its followers into slaves has been jailed for three and a half years.
Nancy Salzman was considered the ‘right hand’ of the group as she helped depraved cult NXIVM to starve and brand women.
Salzman, 67, admitted charges including racketeering conspiracy in her role as part of NXIVM and was also handed a $150,000 fine, according to the US Attorney's Office.
The group was founded by Keith Raniere, who has already been convicted of trafficking of children, conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labour in June 2019.
His organisation, which is pronounced "Nexium”, has been described by prosecutors as a racketeering operation that carried out sex trafficking.
Raniere was jailed for 120 years for running NXIVM, where he treated women like "cattle".
Details of Raniere’s actions in the cult showed how he would keep women on starvation diets, brand them with his initials and order them to have sex with him whenever he wanted.
Smallville actress Allison Mack was also previously jailed after being found guilty of manipulating women into becoming sex slaves for the Raniere.
Mack admitted to blackmailing two women by threatening to release damaging information about them so they would participate in services for the founder.
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She also attempted to reach out to Harry Potter actress Emma Watson several times on Twitter.
Mack was given a three-year prison sentence for her role in NXIVM.
Last year, Seagram’s liquor heir and Nigel Havers’ step-daughter Clare Bronfman was also sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in the criminal enterprise.
At an earlier hearing, the court heard from victims detailing the impact the horrific abuse had on their lives.
As reported by The Mirror, One woman, identified as Camila, spoke of the 12-year sexual relationship with Raniere, which started when she was just 15.
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She said: "He screwed with my mind for so long that trying to find the strength and clarity to tell my story has been a slow and painful journey."
Another ex-member of the cult said Raniere made her get an abortion and forced her to weigh less than 100lbs.
At Raniere’s sentencing hearing, Actress India Oxenberg told the court: "You stole seven years of my life that I'll never get back."
She added: "You’re a liar and sadist for getting pleasure watching our skins burn.
"I may have to live the rest of my life with Keith Raniere’s initials on my skin."
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