NEW YORK.-Before the premiere this Sunday of the documentary series “Seduced”, the American actress Catherine Oxenberg assures that she is still afraid of the threats received from Mexicans while trying to uncover the case of her daughter India in the Nxivm sect.
“They were very powerful people, one of the leaders was the son of a former (Mexican) president and they told me that if I went (to Mexico) they would kill me,” said the actress at a round table with Latin American media on October 14.
The sect in Mexico was led by the son of former president Carlos Salinas (1988-1994), Emiliano Salinas Occelli, who on numerous occasions denied having knowledge of the reported exploitation practices. Rosa Laura Junco, daughter of Alejandro Junco de la Vega, owner of the newspaper Reforma, also belonged to the group.
Catherine is part of “Seduced” that premieres this Sunday at various times on Starzplay and in which for the first time her daughter India will tell about her experience within the sect accused of promoting sexual slavery.
With this, the actress from “Dynasty” (1981) hopes to put an end to the case, after several years of raising her voice in favor of her daughter.
Last June, a New York federal court jury found Nxivm leader Keith Taniere guilty on charges such as sex trafficking and organized crime.
DESTIGMATIZE THE VICTIMS
After spending seven years in the so-called Nxium self-help group, India Oxenberg decided to face her fears and talk about her experiences in the documentary “Seduced” to erase the myths around the people who have belonged to these groups.
“There are many stigmas around people who are in cults, who are innocent, who are stupid, who are women, many things that I consider to be not real, even the documentary will show that there are people who went to renowned universities. “, he tells Efe.
The series, which was created by Cecilia Peck and Inbal B. Lessner, is produced by India itself, who highlights that it is a work done by women with a feminine vision and sensitive to the case of Nxivm that little has been explored in other series and documentaries about it.
The return from India to the places where he spent time with the members of Nxivm will be the scene for the victim to tell his experience and the painful memories of the seven years he lived in the sect.
Their hopes, their fears and the way in which little by little the leaders of the sect managed to change their way of thinking, as well as the way in which they began to control their actions, are narrated in the series that also has the participation of specialists and testimonies of other women.
“One of the reasons why I did not want to speak for a long time was the information we gave so that they blackmailed us, I still feel nervous because nobody knows where the information is,” says the young woman who assures that the women who have testified against Raniere’s have been brave.
However, Oxenberg wants to show that the information she gave in the past no longer stops her from raising her voice. “For me, speaking is saying that it no longer has power over me, that they cannot control me,” he says.
Now, after dedicating a lot of time to heal, little by little India has been able to regain confidence in the people around her and within all the bad things she experienced, she considers that her experience made her appreciate the love that surrounds her with greater intensity.
“I believe in love and justice and I feel more love in my life than I have ever experienced, I had to go through many tests and now I realize that my mother and I have such a strong bond that Keith could not break,” he concludes .