Sex cult member: ‘I had my own slave’

 

A Nxivm cult member who secretly pleaded guilty last week to charges of racketeering conspiracy admitted to keeping her own personal slave locked in a room for two years, newly unsealed court documents reveal.

"I knowingly and intentionally harboured Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York," said Lauren Salzman to Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week.

According to the New York Post, Salzman told the judge she held the woman hostage between March 2010 and April 2012 "and threatened to deport Jane Doe 4 back to Mexico if she did not complete labour requested by myself and others," court transcripts said.

Nancy Salzman and daughter, Lauren Salzman. Picture: Supplied
Nancy Salzman and daughter, Lauren Salzman. Picture: Supplied

The 42-year-old defendant also admitted during the proceeding to being a member of Nxivm's secret inner organisation, DOS, which prosecutors have accused of starving and branding women.

At least one DOS member was also coerced into having sex with cult leader Keith Raniere, according to the government.

DOS was pitched as a women's empowerment group but was actually grooming its members to have sex with Raniere, police claim.

Smallville actress Allison Mack and Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman have also been charged for their roles in Nxivm.

Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack. Picture: Supplied
Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack. Picture: Supplied

 

"I'm very sorry for my poor decision-making and decisions that result in the harm to others and not the just victims in this case but to hundreds of members of our community and their friends and families as well," Salzman said during the hearing.

Keith Raniere led a sex cult that enslaved young women. Picture: Supplied
Keith Raniere led a sex cult that enslaved young women. Picture: Supplied

 

Salzman's guilty plea last Monday did not appear on any public calendar, and portions of the transcript are redacted - leading to speculation she may co-operate against her fellow cult members at trial.

Salzman faces up 20 years in jail on charges of racketeering conspiracy, but prosecutors could recommend she face less time under a co-operation agreement.

Cult leader Keith Raniere. Picture: Keith Raniere Conversations/Youtube
Cult leader Keith Raniere. Picture: Keith Raniere Conversations/Youtube

 

Salzman's mother, Nancy Salzman, is the only other cult member to plead guilty. Nancy Salzman's lawyers adamantly denied last month that she was co-operating against her co-defendants in any way.

Prosecutors have also said that Mack and the group's accountant, Kathy Russell, are engaged in plea negotiations. Mack last week lost a bid to push back the trial date, currently set for April 29, as her lawyers continue to attempt to negotiate on her behalf.

The apparent growing wave of guilty pleas comes after prosecutors filed a new indictment claiming Raniere sexually abused underage girls and produced child porn.

India Oxenberg, daughter of actress Catherine, was also a NXIVM member. Picture: Supplied
India Oxenberg, daughter of actress Catherine, was also a NXIVM member. Picture: Supplied

 

This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.


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