Tuesday, October 27, 2020
At trial last year, prosecutors played audio recordings and displayed emails that showed Raniere secretly led a NXIVM subgroup known as DOS, an all-female organization whose members were known as "slaves" who reported to "masters" and were required to give up nude photos and compromising information as collateral.
The "slaves" were branded on their pubic area with a logo containing Raniere's initials, while some were ordered to follow low-calorie diets as they were groomed for sex with Raniere, who was secretly the organization's top "master."
Jurors convicted Raniere of forced labor conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, sex trafficking and racketeering charges, which included underlying acts of child pornography possession, identity theft and child sexual exploitation, among others.
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