Anyone following the Ranniere case?
Keith Ranniere founded Nxium in 98, a self help organisation that was secretly a cult recruiting female sex "slaves" in the style of a pyramid scheme. The slaves were kept on strict diets and forced to hand over collateral such as humiliating photographs or assets to show their commitment. Some members were branded with a symbol that was said to represent the four elements but was actually just a stylisaton of Ranniere's Initials.
A main focus of the case is that Raniere groomed a teenager until she was old enough for him to have sex with. Later forcing her and her sister into a nonconsensual orgy and subsequent abortions, telling the girl that the abortion would help her lose more weight and that "Olympic athletes get abortions as part of training.
When that same teenager didn't reach a weight goal and admitted feelings for another man, she was locked away from her family in a single room for 2 years. Other charges involve sex trafficking and child porn. He was just charged yesterday but I imagine more will come out in time.
The case is also attracting attention because some of the women were notably wealthy or minor celebrities.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48401061https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Ranierehttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/nyregion/nxivm-women-branded-albany.html