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Actress Charged With Sex Trafficking

Actress Allison Mack, known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on the television series 'Smallville,' has been released on $5 million bail following her arrest for charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy. Mack's charges stem from her role and involvement with a group known as Nxivm (pronounced Nexium). 

Based out of Albany, New York, Nxivm purports itself as a self-help organization that provides marketing and professional seminars. News reports and accounts from former members have portrayed the organization as a cult. Nxivm was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere, who advocated the organization's "executive success programs." 

In October 2017, the New York Times reported that Nxivm branded its female members with Raniere's initials and that potential members had to provide nude photos or other damaging evidence as collateral before being permitted to join. Several months later, several members reported sexual predation carried out by the group's leaders on a 20/20 program that aired on ABC.

Mack's indictment alleges that she recruited women to join Nxivm and then exploited the recruits sexually and for their labor. Mack is accused by two unidentified women of requiring them to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. According to the investigation into Mack's involvement, she was second-in-command after Raniere. 

Raniere was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in March 2018 and will face charges in New York. Mack was arrested two months later on April 20. Mack has pled not guilty to all charges, and it is believed that her release is in light of a possible plea deal with prosecutors. 

As part of her release, Mack is prohibited from contacting any present or former members of Nxivm. She will be under house arrest and must wear an electronic monitoring device while a plea deal is negotiated. If convicted, Raniere and Mack face a minimum of 15 years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence. 

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