Published Apr 20, 2018One of the most perplexing stories of 2018 has undoubtedly been that of the NXIVM sex cult. Now, Smallville actor Allison Mack has been arrested for her connection to the organization.
NXIVM, also known as "Vanguard," was founded as a self-help group by Keith Raniere. The organization has since been revealed to be an enormous sex trafficking hub, with Raniere being arrested on numerous counts of sex trafficking last month.
Today (April 20), Mack was arrested for sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labour conspiracy, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of New York.
"As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere," attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants' benefit."
Based in Albany, New York, the NXIVM cult had centres all over North and South America. The FBI is currently investigating various tenets of the cult.
"As this pyramid scheme continues to unravel, we ask anyone who might have been a victim to reach out to us with information that may further our investigation," FBI assistant director-in-charge William F. Sweeney said.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the tip.