CLIFTON PARK -- NXIVM, the embattled self-described world-improvement community, has suspended all operations, as its founder faces federal charges that accuse him of being involved in sex slavery.
NXIVM announced the suspension of its operations in an "important message to our members" posted on its website.
"It is with deep sadness that we inform you we are suspending all NXIVM/ESP enrollment, curriculum and events until further notice," states the message. "While we are disappointed by the interruption of our operations, we believe it is warranted by the extraordinary circumstances facing the company at this time.
"We continue to believe in the value and importance of our work and look forward to resuming our efforts when these allegations are resolved."
Specifically, Raniere faces one count each of sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and to commit forced labor.