One of the most remarkable essays I’ve ever read.
I wonder if they still conduct regular meetings even though the company is technically dissolved. Will they pick a new leader? If all the blackmail material was exposed at trial is it still useful to them, or they have to generate new versions of it...
The CBC produced a podcast which talks with one of the women who was branded. What is intriguing is no one wants to talk bad about the teachings of the organization because they felt they got something positive out of it. But the crazy shit at the top is what crashed the organization.
And how exactly do you think a loon can pull off a sex slavery operation without having all of this tiered and staged brainwashing? Just go up to random people on the street and ask 'hey, I'd like to brand you and make you my sex slave, interested?'
The media just loved to jump on the 'sex cult' idea and then portrayed it as that's what it was. The branding had nothing to do with anything sexual - it was done as a 'sorority'-type initiation for the higher-up women. The slavery was also part of the 'sorority' and didn't really have anything to do with the leader.
Listen to the podcast and you'll understand.
NVIXM was in fact a rum of the mill sex-cult and plenty of people were pointing it out 15+ years ago.
* Sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography
* Conspiracy to conceal and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain and fraudulent use of identification.
* Sex trafficking
* Attempted sex trafficking
* Trafficking for labor and services
* Conspiracy to alter records for use in an official proceeding
* Sex trafficking conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, and wire fraud conspiracy
Yeah one can argue that US prosecution is overzealous and forces people to plead to stuff they are not guilty of. But I don't think it applies here as much. These are famous actresses and other wealthy people. They definitely have enough money for top lawyers.
Of course. With some exceptions most cults are.
Do you see him approaching Allison Mack and saying "How about joining this cool organization where we'll brand you and then we'll have undocumented immigrant slaves doing labor for us, and produce blackmail and CP?". Of course it had to be some self-actualization or self-help bullshit.
This is not a can of worms you want to open.
It starts with drug cartels in conjunction with local lawmen terrorizing avocado farmers (because avocados are big business), and the avocado farmers in the village arm up, oust the corrupt police and drug dealers, and end up getting involved in the drug business.
Here's one on the Order of Solar Temple (3 parts)
(skip their alien and conspiracy stuff which they mostly do jokingly or any of their "side story" stuff which is always filler)