Earlier today, a federal judge ruled that 21 victims should receive a total of $ 3.46 million in compensation from Keith Raniere, founder of the NXIVM sect. They are seen as victims of Raniere’s racketeering, sex trafficking and forced labor crimes.
According to CNN, he came to court on Tuesday for a restitution hearing. There he said: “I don’t know who the victims are. I don’t know what they are asking for.
Among the many crimes, Raniere is serving a 120-year sentence for creating the all-female sex cult known as DOS. It was set up on the surface as a women’s empowerment group where women were divided into “slaves” and “masters”. Slaves were forced to give guarantees to their masters, which included nudes, accusations of sexual abuse against family members, and sometimes even property deeds. They were also marked with the initials of Keith Raniere and Allison Mack on a symbol that they believed was meant to symbolize nature.
U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who also led Raniere’s trial, ordered Raniere to restore the “guarantee” that he still controlled or has access to, after he has considered all of his appeals. Raniere continued to deny ever tampering with the warranty.
Garaufis said more than 100 Raniere victims submitted compensation claims for about $ 133 million, but reduced the scope of restitution to 17 victims for a total of about $ 3.46 million, that he had ordered Raniere to pay immediately.
The judge awarded money to the victims, many of whom were involved in DOS or part of the sex and human trafficking charges of which Raniere was convicted. Many of the identities of the victims were not disclosed, as they were also mentioned at trial under pseudonyms.
One of the women receiving restitution was forced to have “sex” with Raniere when she was only 15 years old. She was forced to submit sexually explicit photos while underage. She was ordered to receive “over $ 500,000, which includes money to have her trademark removed, for unpaid labor and expenses related to the case.”
No monetary compensation can ever compensate for the emotional brutality these women faced. Raniere is one of the real monsters of this world, and any time new information is shared it only serves to prove that his place is in prison. I can only hope that this financial assistance will allow survivors to get all the emotional help they need.
Raniere said in 2019 he was “deeply sorry” for his actions. Well words are cheap with such high crimes. Pay.
(Going through CNN, image: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
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