NXIVM Member Admits Keeping Woman As Slave For 2 Years

A woman involved in an alleged sex cult and who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy charges has also admitted keeping a slave locked in a room for more than two years.

“I knowingly and intentionally harbored Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York,” Lauren Salzman told Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week, according to newly unsealed court transcripts quoted by the New York Post.

Pope says he is committed to stopping sexual abuse of nuns

Pope Francis, whose papacy has been marked by efforts to quell a global crisis over sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, said on Tuesday he was committed to stopping the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops, some of whom had used the women as sex slaves.

Bill Gates is completely wrong about free-market capitalism solving the poverty crisis — here’s why

Anthropologist and author Jason Hickel swiftly disabused readers of a narrative offered by Microsoft founder Bill Gates this week, rejecting the billionaire’s statement on Twitter that “people underestimate just how much life has improved over the last two centuries.”

The idea that the free-market capitalism has grown while solving the crisis of extreme poverty around the world may be tempting for some to embrace, Hickel wrote in the Guardianbut it is “completely wrong.”

Allison Mack Argues That If Scientology Isn’t Forced Labor, Then Neither Is Her Alleged Sex Cult

Lawyers for Smallville actor Allison Mack tried to dismiss two of the charges against her in the alleged sex cult case by arguing that the Church of Scientology had also been accused of “forced labor” but a court had ruled in its favor.

Prosecutors say Mack was second in command in a master/slave cult run by Keith Raniere that was hidden behind the facade of a self-help organization called NXIVM (pronounced “nexium”) based in Albany, New York.