Allison Mack, 'Smallville' actress, charged in federal court with sex trafficking

'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Alleged Cult Sex Trafficking Case

'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Alleged Cult Sex Trafficking Case

Allison Mack, an American actress known for her role in the TV show Smallville, has been arrested on charges of aiding a sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group.

"Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere", Richard Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District in NY, said in a statement. She is expected to appear in Brooklyn federal court.

Mack's bail hearing is set for Monday, and prosecutors believe her to be a flight risk with ties to Mexico.

Mack was allegedly recruited into NXIVM by her Smallville co-star Kristen Kreuk, although Kreuk's former publicist says that she left the group some time ago.

Actress Allison Mack, best known for her decade on TV's Smallville, and Keith Raniere, the leader of what authorities allege is a sex cult, were indicted Friday in NY on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Authorities also said Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm in 2015 called "DOS", which "operated with levels of women "slaves" headed by 'masters'".

The women told investigators they were subjected to "master-slave" conditions that involved physical punishments for disobeying orders.

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Raniere made his first appearance last month in federal court in Texas, after his arrest in Mexico.

Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the charges.

Prosecutors said she required women she recruited to engage in sexual activity with Raniere, who paid Mack in return.

Authorities alleged earlier this year that the women - who were referred to as "slaves" by Raniere - were branded with his and Mack's initials in their pelvic region and forced into sexual intercourse. Raniere allegedly took the victim on a blindfolded trip that began in Halfmoon and ended with the woman being coerced into a sex act with another person as Raniere watched.

The secret group within NXIVM was called "DOS", or known as "Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions", within which Raniere was known as "The Vanguard".

The FBI arrested Mack in Brooklyn.

The charges are in connection with their involvement in NXIVM ("Nexium"), a group started by Raniere that claims its mission is "to raise human awareness, foster an ethical humanitarian civilization, and celebrate what it means to be human".

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