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How NXIVM Lured President Vicente Fox’s Daughter Into Its Cult And Plotted To Take Over Mexico

On Monday, actress Allison Mack of “Smallville” fame pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy for her alleged role in recruiting women as “sex slaves” for the notorious cult, NXIVM. And although you may have already heard of NXIVM due to the headline-making allegations made against it last year, what you may not know is that the NXIVM cult was especially popular within circles of the Mexican elite, including Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox

NXIVM was founded in 1998 by Keith Raniere, and was initially created as a multi-lateral-marketing scheme that aimed to teach its members self-improvement tools that would help people “experience more joy in their lives.” However, as Raniere amassed an increasingly devoted following, NXIVM’s practices became more unorthodox.

According to former members, NXIVM followers were branded with Raniere’s initials and forced to partake in starvation diets in order to please Raniere.

With the help of female recruiters such as actress Allison Mack and co-founder Nancy Salzman, NXIVM developed a secret sect within the organization called “DOS” that brainwashed its female members and forced them into sex-slave relationships with Raniere.

NXIVM became an especially big hit among the Mexican elite, successfully recruiting four children of former Presidents of Mexico, including Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

According to the explosive book written by Catherine Oxenberg, “Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult”, Raniere targeted wealthy and powerful individuals to join his cult knowing that he could exert more influence through having a roster of rich members.

One of NXIVM’s most devoted members was Emiliano Salinas, the son of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas. Salinas was highly involved in NXIVM’s “Executive Success Programs”, or “ESPs”–which were a series of lectures and conferences aimed at self-improvement. Salinas, became a particular devotee to Raniere, joining the Executive Board of Directors in 2009 and eventually heading up the Mexican branch of the organization. Through Salinas, NXIVM was able to recruit other members of powerful political families, like Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of former Mexican president Vicente Fox and Federico de la Madrid, son of former President Miguel de la Madrid.

Through Salinas, Raniere planned to infiltrate the Mexican government.

According to Oxenberg’s book “Captive”, Raniere was planning on using his power over Salinas to eventually infiltrate the Mexican government from its highest office. The alleged plan was to “get [Salinas] into office in Mexico’s next Presidential election” so that NXIVM would
have power on the world’s political stage”. After Salinas took office, Rainiere would be able to control him like a “puppet” in order to “rule over Mexico”.

In late 2017, former devotees of the DOS sect within NXIVM took their accusations public, prompting an investigation into the organization. In early 2018, Raniere was arrested in Mexico on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit forced labor. According to Oxenberg, Raniere was deported instead of extradited because authorities worried that the Salinas family would “use their government ties to block extradition”. Shortly after Raniere’s arrest, Allison Mack was arrested on similar charges. Both are scheduled to be tried in federal court on April 29.

Since then, Emiliano Salinas has reportedly cut all ties with the organization.

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