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The founder of the sex sect Nxivm will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced to 120 years in prison

New York / Canadian Keith Raniere, founder of the Nxvim sex sect, which disguised itself as a self-help group, was sentenced to 120 years in prison by a New York court on Tuesday, after being found guilty of all the charges against him. accused, among them, sex trafficking of adults and minors, possession of child pornography and organized crime, in June 2019.

The sentence of Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York amounts to a practical life sentence for Raniere, who was described in court by a dozen victims Tuesday as a “sexual predator,” a “racist” a “liar” and a “sadist”.

During the hearing, which lasted about six hours, highlighted the testimony of a young woman identified as Camila, now 30, who said in court that Raniere began to abuse him when he was only 15 years old.

The statements of one of the victims

The victim recalled the exact date the abuses began, September 18, 2005, a date that Raniere, then 46, insisted be marked as her anniversary.

“He wanted me to believe that my only worth came from how he made me feel,” said Camila, who was the first to testify Tuesday, according to the New York Times.

“It has taken me a long time to process the trauma it caused,” added the young woman, who had a sexual relationship with Raniere for 12 years and who said isolated her from her family and friends.

For her part, the condemned man said again that she does not regret anything. “It is true that I do not regret the crimes that I believe that, in fact, I have not committed. But I do deeply regret all this pain,” he told the court.

Marked his victims

The 60-year-old Raniere’s trial focused on a female-only subgroup of Nxvim called DOS, in which some of the members came to be marked with the initials of the cult leader in a painful ceremony without anesthesia in which The skin was cauterized in an area near the pubis.

In a video of the DOS initiation ceremony, you can see how the naked women were lying on a table, where they were to pronounce the words “Master, please mark me.”

Some of the women who testified during the trial explained that they thought they were joining a group focused on female empowerment, only to find out later that they were being asked to have sex with Raniere.

In addition to relationships with the leader, membership in DOS required that the “slaves” had to ask permission to eat and had to hand over compromised graphic material or information, which could be published in case they refused to follow orders.

The case has attracted media attention due to the involvement of several prominent personalities such as the Smallville actress Allison Mack, the interpreter of “Battlestar Galactica” Nicole Clyne, or the heiress of the Seagram’s liquor empire, Clare Bronfman, which led to the rooms set up for journalists and the public in Brooklyn court on Tuesday were packed with people. (October 27, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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En el texto se dice que...
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un tribunal de Nueva York ha condenado al fundador de una secta por haber cometido crímenes relacionados con el tráfico sexual.
B
se han retirado todos los cargos contra el fundador de una secta sexual.
C
acaba de comenzar el juicio contra el fundador de una secta sexual.
Question 2
Leyendo el texto entendemos que...
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se desmiente que Raniere vaya a estar mucho tiempo en prisión.
B
el condenado abusó de una menor.
C
el condenado expresó estar muy arrepentido por haber cometido todos esos crímenes.
Question 3
Según el texto...
A
el líder de esa secta tenía material gráfico con el que podía chantajear a esas mujeres.
B
no ha quedado aún claro si dentro de esa secta había un subgrupo en el cual se realizaban ceremonias.
C
se desmiente que en el grupo DOS las mujeres estuvieran totalmente sometidas al líder.
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ninguna de las mujeres que participaron en esa ceremonia creyó que ésta estaba relacionada con el empoderamiento de la mujer.
B
se desmiente que hayan estado implicadas de algún modo personas conocidas o famosas.
C
muchas de las víctimas afirmaron que el condenado no solo era sádico sino también racista.
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