'Smallville' actor accused of sex trafficking for self-help guru

An actress from the popular TV series "Smallville" has been arrested on sex trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting women to a purported self-help group which forced them to have sex with its leader, United States prosecutors say.

Award-winning actress, Allison Mack, has been charged for "recruiting slaves for a sex cult".

Mack entered her plea in federal court in Brooklyn.

Pollak declined to release Mack on bail, but said Mack might be released at a future hearing if she could offer "significant property" to secure her bail.

Mack appeared at a court in Brooklyn on Friday, but another hearing has been scheduled for Monday.

"As detailed in court filings, in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called "DOS, ' an acronym that stands for a Latin phrase that loosely translates to 'Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions, ' or 'The Vow.' DOS operated with levels of women 'slaves" headed by 'masters'".

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If convicted of the crimes, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years' imprisonment and up to life imprisonment. Prosecutors said recruits were forced to have sex with Raniere and were branded with his initials. Mack was allegedly a "key recruiter" for the cult, luring women into the organisation, where they were branded and held as sex slaves.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle said Mack was indicted "for her role in DOS, a group. that purported to be a women's empowerment sorority".

But "the victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor to the defendants' benefit", said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue of the Eastern District of NY in Brooklyn.

"Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato told Inside Edition that Mack is "completely enamored with Raniere and completely under his thrall". She also said that she never experienced any illegal activities while she was an active member. Other than Raniere, all members of DOS were women.

Raniere, 57, known to his followers as "the Vanguard" - was living in a villa in Puerto Vallarta with several women, according to federal prosecutors, before he was apprehended in March. As Raniere was taken from the villa, The Post's Kyle Swenson wrote, citing prosecutors, the women chased after authorities in their own auto at high speed.

During the past 20 years, "Raniere established a series of purported self-help programs within his umbrella organization, called "Nxivm" (pronounced NEX-i-um)", the statement said.

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