HALF-MOON, the new york – the Federal government on Tuesday raided an upstate New York residence, connected to a mysterious group accused of coercing female followers to have sex with her leader, and still with his initials.
The raid of the house of NXIVM president Nancy Salzman came on the day that the group’s old leader, Keith Raniere, appeared in federal court in Texas.
A second upstate location was also searched Tuesday, but the authorities refused to discuss what they were looking for in operation. They said that there were no other people are taken into custody in connection with the ongoing investigation into an alleged self-help group that critics have compared to a cult.
Raniere held earlier this week at the expense of the AMERICAN sex trafficking and forced labor, in Mexico, where authorities say he was hiding in a luxury villa in the company of some of the women followers. He waived his right to an identification hearing in Texas and will be transferred to New York in the next two weeks.
Raniere left the United States last year after The New York Times reported that some women who are members of a secret society within the Albany-group were branded with a symbol that is his initials.
The women told the researchers that they were subject to a “master-slave” conditions in which they are emotionally and physically tortured. NXIVM has called the women’s complaints.”
The case against the 57-year-old Raniere is prosecuted in the federal district court in Brooklyn. It is unclear when he made his first appearance.
Raniere and NXIVM have been the subject of criticism for years, dating back to at least 2012, when the Albany Times Union published a series of articles examines the organization and the accusations it was like a cult.