Allison Mack has been detained by police and charged with sex trafficking crimes related to the self-help company, NXIVM. According to reports, the Smallville actress went into police custody on Friday morning after the federal court charged Mack and Keith Raniere with forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking conspiracy, and sex trafficking.
Richard Donoghue, the United States Attorney, said that Allison Mack intended to bring women into a female mentorship group created by Keith Raniere.
Reportedly, the victims were exploited sexually and forced to give free labor for the benefit of Keith Raniere. The US Attorney said he and the rest of his team would be prosecuting the pair to the full extent of the law, as the US Attorney’s Office is devoted to bringing sex offenders to justice, especially sex traffickers.
According to multiple reports, Raniere’s organization, NXIVM, is an enterprise created for the sake of “courses” in personal development and empowerment.
Their website claims they are “seeking to empower people” and teaching them to handle problems more effectively. However, a much darker series of events manifested itself.
If the allegations are true, whenever people were brought into the group, they would then be forced to offer “services” to those above them. Perhaps most egregiously, victims were branded as well.
Mack is accused of bringing women into an organization with the presumption that they would be joining an all women’s group. However, the victims would be coerced into engaging in sexual activity with Raniere in exchange for money and other things.
Moreover, Raniere and Mack worked together for one year, from February 2016 until February of 2017, and both face mandatory minimum sentences of fifteen years in jail and up to life in prison. As a response, Raniere and his legal representative said they are “saddened” by the response of the media as well as law enforcement, and will prove that Keith is innocent beyond reasonable doubt.