NXIVM reputedly had painful consequences for those who missed on branding rituals, where initials such Mack and Raniere's were burned onto flesh:
'starvation, cold showers, running ten miles at three in the morning, getting whacked with a paddle, or being locked in a cage.'
According to federal authorities, Mack is accused of recruiting women to join DOS, or 'Dominus Obsequious Sororium,' which was purported to be a female mentorship group within Nxivm that was designed to address their weaknesses.
However, investigators believe DOS was actually a pyramid-like group created by Raniere, who allegedly took advantage of the women sexually. (Raniere has described DOS as a consenting 'sorority' outside of Nxvim.)
Prosecutors contend Mack was 'one of the women in the first level of the pyramid immediately below Raniere' in DOS. As such, she allegedly had female 'slaves' underneath her, according to a prosecutors' statement, which claimed Mack 'directly or implicitly required' two women 'to engage in sexual activity with Raniere.'
'In exchange, for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere,' the statement alleged.
What's more, allegedly as part of her role in the group, Mack made new recruits provide 'collateral' defined by prosecutors as 'highly-damaging information about friends and family members, nude photographs and/or rights to the recruit's assets.'
The collateral, prosecutors claim, gave Mack leverage with which to blackmail 'slaves' if they told people of DOS' existence or tried to leave.
Compare these tactics to those used by the COS ... also to those used by Crowley at his Thelemic Abbey in Sicily... also to De Sade's Friends of Crime. Aberrations within our cultural values or mere gradations of intensity?