Catherine Oxenberg is revealing the hell she went through to rescue her daughter from the clutches of the alleged sexual cult of slave NXIVM.
The 56-year-old Dynasty actress says she risked her life to rescue her 27-year-old daughter, India, whom she says is hungry and marked in the cult by posing as a female empowerment group led by Keith Raniere.
Oxenberg said it took 18 months to rescue her daughter and that she was bombarded with death threats, lawsuits and letters saying she would go to prison.
His rescue mission began after he received a letter from a deserter who unearthed the group's obscure secrets.
Catherine Oxenberg, 56, says she was & # 39; & # 39; a hell & # 39; & # 39; Rescue his daughter India, 27 years old, from & # 39; sexual slave cult & # 39; & # 39; NXIVM
His daughter India, in 2007, joined the NXIVM after attending a course in California in 2011. She was only 20 years old and was classified within the secret circle of the group called DOS, where women are allegedly starving and branded
"I was not happy about India's participation in NXIVM, but I had no idea what was really happening below the surface until a young woman, a deserter, came up to me and said: 'You have to save her & # 39; "he said. said to The Sun.
She began to explain the dynamics of what was happening, that there was a hierarchy of slaves that said these women were being recruited, on the pretext of being involved with the female empowerment group and that Keith Raneire was actually orchestrating all his maximum master, "he added.
She and India attended a NXIVM seminar for the first time in 2011 in Venice, California, thinking it was a business skills class. India was only 20 years old at the time and got hooked, joining the group and spending thousands of dollars on NXIVM courses.
India eventually moved to Albany, New York, near the cult's headquarters and got into NXIVM's secret inner circle called DOS, where the recruits are allegedly beaten, starved and marked with the initials of the cult leader Raniere and his assistant, the Smallville actress Allison Mack.
Women are also allegedly forced to give naked photos, vows of obedience and confessions recorded on their family members.
Oxenberg, who rose to fame in the Dynasty program, launched an 18-month rescue mission, helping other girls in NXIVM escape on the road while collecting evidence against group leader Keith Reniere and his alleged deputy actress Allison Mack.
India, in the picture on the right, now lives in Malibu and is doing well while rebuilding her life after her rescue of the cult
Harmful collateral threatened to be used against them if they left the cult.
The women reportedly underwent strict 500 to 800 calorie diets and were told to have sex with the Raniere leader to achieve "enlightenment".
"I want to make it very clear to people that this was not 50 Shades of Gray, this was not spoiling adults, this was a coercive, exploitative and dangerous group that was abusing women and needed to be stopped," he said.
The mother of four children did everything she could to get her daughter out, working with Frank Parlato, a former NXIVM publicist who left the group and then exposed them as a cult.
I did not care what it cost me because I would not stop until I knew I was safe. All this trip for me, the burden, the weight I felt without knowing if my daughter was going to be fine. I felt like I was in hell, "he said.
They tried to expose NXIVM for what it really was, helped the women to leave and collected evidence that could be used to arrest and prosecute them.
Raniere and his alleged Mack weakness were arrested for sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor related to the cult earlier this year. Raniere is currently in jail while Mack is under house arrest awaiting trial in October.
But the process was not easy.
Oxenberg collected evidence against the leaders of the sect to be used in his arrest. They were arrested earlier this year
The cult leader Keith Raniere in the photo above. It is alleged that the women who entered the inner circle of NXIVM were told to have sexual intercourse with him in order to achieve "illumination".
The women in the DOS were also marked with the initials of Raniere and his alleged adjutant actress Allison Mack.
"I heard through the grapevine that they were planning to sue me and that they were going to put me in jail," Oxenberg said.
& # 39; They warned me not to go to Mexico because they would kill me. I received threatening letters from Mexican attorneys and a Mexican attorney general that were issued by Emiliano Salinas, who heads NXIVM, Mexico. And a lawsuit accusing me of fraud and extortion, "he added.
His partner Parlato said they were told they were going to be killed if they even stepped on a foot in Mexico.
"We were Raniere's public enemies number one and two," he said.
But the British actress was able to rescue her daughter India, who has now found love and is living with her family in Malibu, trying to rebuild her life.
"I'm really proud of India, she's in a very good place, she's still with her life," she said of her daughter.
At the end of the day, his 18-month rescue effort resulted in saving several NXIVM members from being tagged.
"It was scary, but that was overshadowed by the joy we got from all these women who escaped the cult and came to us one after the other and saying thank you," Oxenberg said.
"We stopped many women from even being marked: once we started exposing them, they started canceling the brand," he added.