Authorities allege co-founder of ‘self-help’ group Nxivm branded female followers, coerced them into having sex and restricted their diet

The leader of a self-described self-help group in upstate New York turned female followers into “slaves” who were branded with his initials and coerced into having sex, authorities alleged on Monday in a criminal complaint charging him with sex-trafficking.

Keith Raniere, co-founder of the group called Nxivm, was arrested in Mexico and returned to Texas on Monday, authorities said. He was to appear in court on Tuesday in Fort Worth on the charges filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

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