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Brooklyn jurors heard from yet another alleged Nxivm sex slave on Thursday who said her academic dreams and enrollment into an elite Swiss boarding school were derailed when she joined the group in 2002.
The now 33-year-old Mexican woman, only identified as Daniela, claimed she was brainwashed into believing Nxivm was going to save the world.
“The world was going to end in a period of 10 to 15 years,” she was taught. “We were against the clock.”
Daniela took rapt jurors in federal court through her dreams of studying “preventative medical research to help people” and how she got into the exclusive Leysin American School in Switzerland.
“Very specifically, my dream was to study in Switzerland. I was being granted the only scholarship they gave out,” she recalled.
Daniela was 16 years old when she was introduced to the supposed self-empowerment organization by her father in 2002.
“As a farewell gift from my father, he gave me a 16-day intensive to make the most of my upcoming trip to Switzerland,” she said.
But after taking the short course, which was led by “slave master” Lauren Salzman, Daniela was hooked and decided to go on sabbatical instead of to school.
She took an administrative job with Nxivm and moved to Albany, where the secretive group was based.
Raniere made empty promises of tutoring her, she testified.
“I will teach you, don’t go to school,” he said.
“Did you ever receive an education from the defendant?” asked prosecutor Moira Penza.
“No,” Daniela replied.
In court, she told jurors that she now sees how she was deceived by the group.
“It wasn’t real. It wasn’t real at all. It was a lie,” she said.
Daniela, whose two sisters were also allegedly Raniere’s sex slaves, including one who had a baby with him — left Nxivm in 2012.
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