Sex Trafficking

money-scams

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
5.24.19
Criminal Justice

Cyntoia Brown's Clemency Gives Hope to Other Trafficking Survivors

After being incarcerated for 15 years, a trafficking victim who received a life sentence after killing the man who paid her for sex as a teenager was granted clemency. We spoke with trafficking activists on what this case means for other survivors.
Kimberly Lawson
1.8.19
cults

The Alleged Plot to Put NXIVM’s Critics in a Mexican Prison

The FBI is continuing an investigation into a self-help group accused of sex trafficking, racketeering, and other crimes.
Sarah Berman
9.26.18
Sex cult

Four NXIVM 'Sex Cult' Members Have Been Arrested on Racketeering Charges

Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman, and other NXIVM insiders were taken down for allegedly running pyramid schemes.
Sarah Berman
7.24.18
cults

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
7.9.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now Podcast

Sex Workers Are Protesting FOSTA/SESTA Across the Country

Trump signed the controversial bill into law in April.
VICE Staff
6.4.18
bdsm

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
5.31.18
Criminal Justice

Trafficking Victim Serving Life for Killing Man Who Hired Her for Sex Pleads for Clemency

At 16, Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex. Now, her fate rests in the hands of Tennesse Governor Bill Haslam.
Kimberly Lawson
5.23.18
cults

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
5.23.18
Op-Ed

We Must Repeal SESTA, a Deadly Law That Does Nothing to Help Trafficking Victims

The controversial anti-sex trafficking law is an example of sloppy legislation that has already done untold harm to marginalized communities, argues New York Congressional candidate Suraj Patel.
Suraj Patel
5.21.18
Op-Ed

SESTA Won't Stop Sex Trafficking, But It Will Kill Sex Workers

I am a homeless trafficking survivor, and I haven’t been helped at all by this bill — and the sex workers I know have already suffered as a result of it.
Laura LeMoon
4.26.18
Backpage

How a ‘Human Trafficking’ Narrative Was Used to Kill Backpage

Carl Ferrer, Backpage co-founder and CEO, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.
Samantha Cole
4.13.18
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