A grand jury indicted Mack, a longtime NXIVM follower, of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy for her role in DOS, a group led by NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere that purported to be a women's empowerment sorority. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit", Donoghue said.
Raniere has called NXIVM a self-help group, but investigators allege it was a multi-level marketing scheme used as a ruse to enslave and traffic women for sex.
Mack pleaded not guilty to the charges against her when arraigned on Friday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak.
According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York, Mack and Raniere allegedly branded their victims and forced them to participate in sex acts through the various self-help programs that Raniere established within his umbrella organization, Nxivm.
The filings also say that slaves in DOS were branded in the pelvic region with Raniere's initials.
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Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato told Inside Edition that Mack is "completely enamored with Raniere and completely under his thrall".
When word got out that the Feds were investigating the organization, "high-ranking members ... undertook efforts to undermine potential witnesses, including by registering domain names such as [Witness Name] exposed.com, with the intention of publishing damaging information regarding those witnesses", prosecutors wrote in court papers Friday. The women were allegedly naked and required to be appear on film while they were branded.
Raniere was first arrested in Mexico on March 25 on sex trafficking charges. Mack's Smallville co-star, Kristin Kreuk, was also named as a recruiter of the cult, a claim she has denied. She was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but as of this writing it's unclear what charges she faces.
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