- Former NXIVM top official Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in prison for racketeering.
- Mack helped the cult’s leader Keith Raniere recruit women into a secret society and groom them to become sex slaves.
- India Oxenberg, one of the women who escaped before the cult’s demise, said she feels “vindicated” after Mack’s sentencing.
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Former NXIVM cult member India Oxenberg said she’s “in a state of disbelief” after Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in federal prison today for racketeering.
Prosecutors said Mack played a key role in recruiting people into the sex cult’s secret women-only society, called DOS, and groomed them to become sex slaves for NXIVM leader Keith Raniere. Oxenberg says she was one of them.
Oxenberg left the group in 2018, shortly before Mack, Raniere, and another NXIVM member, Nikki Clyne, were arrested in Mexico. Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison in October for child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
During Mack’s Wednesday hearing, Oxenberg read a statement about her experience, and later told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m still in a state of disbelief, but I trust and honor the judge’s decision. I hope that her victims, including myself, feel vindicated and safer, given that she has denounced Keith Raniere.”
“We all need time to process and digest everything. This is a big moment for all of us.”
Oxenberg says Mack groomed her on behalf of Raniere
The routine, Oxenberg said, was a way for her to show her allegiance to DOS, the cult’s secret “sex-slave” sorority, she said. DOS was an acronym for Dominus Obsequious Sororium, a Latin phrase that translates to mean “master over slave women.”
Oxenberg lived with Mack, her DOS “master,” in Albany, New York, and had to ask Mack permission to do anything, she said.
Her day would start with waking up and taking a cold shower, then weighing herself. Mack allegedly required Oxenberg eat between 500 and 800 calories daily so she could lose weight, Insider previously reported.
After her weigh-in, Oxenberg had to send her proposed daily schedule and a detailed caloric journal so Mack could approve of it. Oxenberg said she had to ask permission to eat and stop by 5 PM.
While in court, Mack apologized to former NXIVM members she recruited into the group.
“I am sorry to those of you that I brought into NXIVM. I am sorry I ever exposed you to the nefarious and emotionally abusive schemes of a twisted man,” said Mack.
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