NXIVM: The Cut online - Cults & Extreme Belief TV -
133,775. NXIVM, an organization that allegedly brainwashed and blackmailed women into being ‘sex slaves’, has crumbled in the past year. In March 2018, its founder, Keith Raniere, was arrested and charged with sex trafficking for his role in the group, which then set off a domino effect: In the ensuing months, federal prosecutors would go on to charge more and more people for their alleged involvement, some of whom have now begun to plead guilty. The picture painted of NXIVM in media reports is disturbing, to say the least: that the purported ‘self-help organization’ was instead a front for a sex cult that branded numerous female members with Raniere’s initials and coerced them into ‘master-slave’ relationships.
The past few months have seen the emergence of some truly abhorrent details pertaining to the case, relating to everything from enslavement to child pornography. The five women who were Raniere’s co-defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges over the past few weeks; as part of their plea deal, they all may be called to testify against him. On Tuesday, May 7, Raniere’s long-awaited trial started.
‘He claimed to be a leader, but he was a conman,’ Assistant US Attorney Tanya Hajjar told the jury. ‘He claimed to be a mentor, but he just exploited it … NXIVM was a crime organization and Keith Raniere was a crime boss.’ The Cut online article 7 May 2019 ‘The most disturbing details from the NXIVM sex-cult case’
122,465. NXIVM Female sex ‘slaves’ allegedly branded with secretive group leader’s initials. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) Cults and Extreme Belief s1e1: NXIVM, CI 2018, CBS News online 27 March 2018
122,466. ‘We take our shoes off at the door, we call Keith Raniere Vanguard – because Vanguard means leader of a philosophical movement – there’s a ranking system similar to martial arts using saches, and all of it’s been preempted with, there is going to be things that happens in this module that will make you uncomfortable … it means that you’re doing it right …’ (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid. Sarah, victim
122,467. During her 12 years in NXIVM, Sarah was responsible for the recruitment of over 2,000 members who each paid between $300 and $10,000 for NXIVM workshops and seminars. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid. caption
122,468. In 2017, NXIVM founder Keith Raniere released a series of one-on-one conversations on YouTube inviting the public into the secret world of NXIVM. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid.
122,469. ‘I actually think that the branding doesn’t compare to the other emotional abuses that have been going on for decades.’ (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid. victim
122,470. Women who have had sex with Keith Raniere say it was billed as a spiritual experience, a transfer of his godlike energy. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid. Times Union online
122,471. Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico and extradited to the United States. News of his capture was broadcast nationwide. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid. caption
122,472. On April 13 2018 Keith Randiere was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor. (Cults: NXIVM & Self-Help) ibid.