Sex Trafficking


How Three Teen Sisters Were Allegedly Groomed into NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere's 'Sex Cult'

The self-help guru presented himself as a genius tutor and mentor who could help them deal with their parents' separation.
Sarah Berman
sex work

Sex Workers Are Having Their Earnings Confiscated in Trafficking Stings

Raids – or "welfare visits" – carried out by police are supposedly conducted for safety, but they're harming sex workers and failing to identify genuine victims.
Jake Hall
Sex cult

NXIVM President and Heiress Arrested for Allegedly Running Illegal Pyramid Schemes

Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and other so-called "sex cult" insiders have been charged with racketeering conspiracy.
Sarah Berman

Courts Are Rarely Kind to 'Brainwashed' Victims

Months ahead of the NXIVM sex trafficking trial, we take a look at how juries react to cults.
Sarah Berman
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

Sex Workers Are Protesting FOSTA/SESTA Across the US

Trump signed the controversial bill into law in April.
VICE Staff

A BDSM Educator Tells Us Why NXIVM Sex Cult Allegations Aren’t Consensual Kink

Based on what we know from court docs and former members, Keith Raniere’s women “slaves” probably weren’t in a position to give full consent.
Sarah Berman

A Cult Expert Tells Us Why the NXIVM Story Is Far From Over

Federal charges against leader Keith Raniere and ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack won’t change the minds of some die-hard followers.
Sarah Berman

All the Vancouver Actresses Linked to an Alleged Sex Cult

Nicki Clyne, Kristin Kreuk and Grace Park were all active students of Keith Raniere’s self-help empire.
Sarah Berman

Louis Theroux Visited a Trap House for His Latest Documentary

We spoke to Louis about his new trio of films, legalising weed and accidentally playing matchmaker for the Westboro Baptist Church.
Daniel Dylan Wray
The We Missed You Issue

Blow Jobs Are Real Jobs

Thai sex workers are fighting for their right to earn a living.
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky; Photos by Amanda Mustard

New Sex Trafficking Laws in Canada May Make Things Worse for Sex Workers

The Ontario government is gearing up for a concentrated effort at curbing sex trafficking in June, but sex workers are worried that new laws might give police too broad a mandate.
Jake Kivanc

This Pimp's Lawyer Says He's a 'Scumbag' But Not a Sex Trafficker

Brooklyn Defense Attorney Howard Greenberg concedes Karmik Grant-Byas has done "despicable" things to women, but says his client did not compel them to perform commercial sex acts against their will.
Alex Zimmerman