India Oxenberg was spotted talking on her cell phone as she made her way to work on Monday in Manhattan.
The 26-year-old member of the secretive Nxivm cult looked anxious as she spoke on her cell phone in photos obtained by DailyMail.com.
She even stopped on the street at one point and began nervously rubbing her stomach while listening to the person on the other line speak.
Oxenberg then popped into a local deli where she grabbed an all-natural, sugar-free soda and some other groceries before continuing on her way to the vegetarian cafe Plantmade, where she has been working the past few months.
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Blue Monday: India Oxenberg, 26, was seen Monday morning as she headed into work at the vegetarian cage Plantmade (above)
Out of sorts: The member of the secretive Nxivm cult looked anxious and nervous as she spoke on the phone, pausing to rub her stomach at one point
Cult in turmoil: It has been three days since Nxivm’s interim leader Allison Mack was arrested and arraigned on sex trafficking charges
Shopping run: Oxenberg then popped into a local deli where she grabbed an all-natural, sugar-free soda and some other groceries (above)
Troubled times: On Friday, Allison Mack became the second Nxivm member to be indicted on federal charges following founder Keith Raniere (above)
It has now been three days since the interim leader of Nxivm, Allison Mack, as arrested and arraigned on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor.
Those are the same charges that Keith Raniere, 53, is facing, with the founder of the branding cult facing a possible sentence of life behind bars.
Cult buds: Oxenberg was lured into the cult by Mack according to reports (pair above)
He could be spared from serving any time though, with a former publicist for Nxivm telling DailyMail.com that Oxenberg has said she is willing to take the fall for Raniere if it will keep him out of prison.
Frank Parlato, who has been covering Nxivm extensively on Art Voice, said that the female members of the cult have devised a plan they hope will save Raniere.
First, all female members are prepared to deny that they were ever forced or coerced into performing sex acts in an attempt to discredit the allegations made by the two former members whose grand jury testimony resulted in the indictments of Mack and Raniere.
If that does not work, Oxenberg, Mack and Mack’s wife Nicki Clyne are prepared to testify that they alone were responsible for coercing members into having sex claims Parlato.
‘Mack, Oxenberg and Clyne have made a pact to go to prison, saying privately they are ready to walk into prison tomorrow if Raniere could be free today,’ reports Parlato.
Clyne, like Oxenberg, is also an employee at Plantmade.
Oxenberg’s day shift means that she will likely not be in court on Monday afternoon when Mack has a bail hearing in her case.
Sacrifice: Frank Parlato, the former publicist for Nxivm, tells DailyMail.com that Oxenberg may be willing to serve time herself if it will keep Raniere out of prison
Dispute: Parlato reports that the cult’s female members are ready to testify that they were never coerced or forced into having sex
Headed to prison: If that does not work in getting the charges dropped against Raniere, Oxenberg and Mack are ready to go to prison by pleading guilty to the charges says Parlato
Day job: Oxenberg works alongside a number of other Nxivm members at Plantmade (above entering work)
Mack, 35, was picked up by the FBI in last week and arraigned in a Brooklyn federal court after a grand jury heard testimony from former cult members known only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2.
Those women alleged that Mack would lure young ladies into joining the cult and then demand they turn over ‘collateral’ such as compromising photos or their personal assets.
This ‘collateral’ was then used by Mack to control them women, who were transformed into branded sex slaves according to court filings.
Anyone who complained about being forced to have Mack’s initials branded on them or refused to sleep with the founder of the cult Keith Raniere was threatened with the release of their compromising photos or the loss of their personal assets.
‘During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded,’ the US Attorney’s office stated in a release on Friday.
The women were also allegedly told to stop shaving their pubic area and be mindful about their weight state court filings.
There was even a diet plan laid out by Raniere and Mack, which consisted of several spoonfuls of plain yogurt and fruit in the morning followed by plain squash, kale, cucumber, or zucchini, and a bite of Kimchi for lunch and dinner.
Approved beverages include lemon water with stevia, probiotics and Zevias, a calorie free sparkling water.
Dessert meanwhile would be some sugarless gum.
Brooklyn walk: India has been a member of the cult, where women are branded and allegedly made into sex slaves, since the summer
Fighting hard: Catherine Oxenberg (above on April 13) has been vocal about wanting to get her daughter out of the cult
Co-worker: Oxenberg works at Plantmade with a number of other Nxivm members, including Nicki Clyne (above)
Marital bliss: Clyne is married to Allison Mack, the interim leader of the cult who was also indicted last week
Parlato tells DailyMail.com that Mack’s arrest had been in the works ever since Raniere’s extradition from Mexico to the United States back in March.
He posted video of Raniere’s arrest at the time, which showed Mack in a state of disbelief as officials dragged away the self-proclaimed Svengali.
The grand jury indictment states that Mack did ‘benefit … financially and by receiving a thing of value, from participation in a venture … knowing that means of force, threats of force, fraud and coercion, and a combination of such means, would be used to cause such persons to engage in one or more commercial sex acts.’
The first of the women to testify in front of the grand jury, Jane Doe 1, also said that Mack ‘did knowingly and intentionally conspire to provide and obtain the labor and services of a person …. by means of serious harm and threats.’
Mack has yet to comment but has reportedly retained a lawyer.
‘As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,’ United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement on Friday.
‘The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit. This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting predators who victimize others through sex trafficking and forced labor.’
Mack had been serving as leader of the cult for the past three weeks DailyMail.com previously revealed, a role she assumed after Raniere was arrested by authorities in Mexico last month.
Both her initials and those of Raniere’s were branded on the pelvic area of women who joined the organization.
The group has a large base in Albany, but a number of its most high-profile members decamped to Mexico earlier this year.
Raniere is listed as a co-defendant in the indictment against Mack, which was formally filed on Thursday afternoon.
Girls: Clyne, Mack and Oxenberg pose for a photo with a group of female friends
Big money: Sister Clare and Sara Bronfman (above) are said to be involved with Nxivm and supplying a good deal of the money for the group
His capture by local authorities occurred four months after he fled from Nxivm’s base in Albany and crossed over the border into Mexico following the launch of a federal probe into the group and their practices.
She and other women, who do not appear in on camera, can then be heard saying that they are going to get into a car and follow the officers.
A local authority told DailyMail.com that the women then engaged in a high-speed car chase with police.
The 57-year-old leader and his followers were found living at a $10,000-a-week luxury villa at the time of the raid.
Raniere was extradited to Fort Worth, Texas and later sent on to federal court in Brooklyn, where he was formally charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy.
The group, which has been described by former members as a ‘sex cult’, claims to be a self-help organization that operates centers in US, Mexico, Canada and South America.
It emerged last year that the Dalai Lama was paid $1 million to speak to 3,000 NXIVM followers and place a khata – a traditional ceremonial Tibetan scarf – around Raniere’s neck.
That money allegedly came from the group’s two wealthiest members, heiresses Clare and Sara Bronfman.