Texas Resident had Sex Trafficking Victims Branded with his Initials
Texas resident Keith Raniere was arrested earlier this week on sex trafficking charges for his role in a group called Nxivm. According to the affidavit, Raniere co-founded the group, whose sole focus was to turn female members into brainwashed slaves who were then branded with his initials.
Former members also say they were coerced into having sex with Raniere, known within the group as “Vanguard”. As more and more unsettling details surrounding the case come out, we have learned that Raniere headed the barbaric system, telling women the only way they can advance is to give themselves over to being a “slave” to “masters.” In addition to having sex with him, Raniere made the women perform menial chores and keep the entire arrangement and group a secret.
Human sex trafficking is a serious problem in the United States and throughout the world, although many people do not realize this. The number of sex trafficking cases we see in Texas alone is staggering, yet these stories often do not make the nightly news.
Here at Janovsky & Associates, we believe in educating our clients and standing up for their rights. If you’ve been discriminated against or harassed in any way, we encourage you to contact Attorney Janovsky. Far too often we see victims of sexual harassment led down this road of sex trafficking, with seemingly no way out. As an advocate for women’s rights and a voice against discrimination and human sex trafficking, Attorney Janovsky will fight for you and ensure justice is served.
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In a letter published on a website related to Nxivm, Raniere denies any reports of illegal, inappropriate actions, stating: “These allegations are most disturbing to me as non-violence is one of my most important valued.” According to the complaint against the self-help group leader, many victims were required to participate in videotaped ceremonies where they were branded in their pelvic region with the leader’s initials. The women were required to be 100% naked and the “master” would make one women film and another hold down the individual who was being branded.
Investigators make note that Raniere appeared to prefer “exceptionally thin women”, forcing the “slaves” to adopt a very low-calorie diet and document every single morsel of food they consumed. If any of the women did not follow his orders, they had to attend a class in which they were “forced to wear fake cow udders over their breasts while people called them derogatory names.”
At the end of last year, Raniere fled the United States, winding up in in a high-end gated community in Puerto Vallarta with several women. According to investigators, these villas cost about $10,000 a week to rent. But this isn’t the first time Raniere has been on investigator’s radar. In 2012, he came under fire after a series of articles examining Nxivm were published by the Times Union of Albany. Just a week ago former Smallville actress, Allison Mack, was arrested on charges of human trafficking and her involvement with Nxivm.
These allegations are serious and bring awareness to the very real problem of human sex trafficking. If you have been discriminated against in any way or sexually abused, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Attorney Janovsky is a leading Dallas sexual harassment attorney who will fight tirelessly on your behalf. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.