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Smallville’s Allison Mack Could Negotiate a Plea Deal in Sex Trafficking Arrest

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Whether you're a fan of Smallville or not, there's a good chance the news surrounding Allison Mack has come as a shock to you. Last Friday, the actress was arrested on sex trafficking charges, and now, it sounds like she could be able to strike plea deal that may help reduce her sentence if she is convicted.

According to People, Allison was arrested and charged with sex trafficking last week — on top of other charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy — tied to her involvement in a self-improvement group called Nxivm, which is often referred to as a cult and is known for allegedly recruiting women to join the group as sex slaves. Although she pled “not guilty” when she appeared in court in New York following her arrest, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York said in a statement that Allison is being accused of recruiting women to join the group under the false pretense that it was about female mentorship, when she was really bringing in women for Nxivm's co-founder, Keith Raniere, to use sexually. The founder has been arrested on the same three charges as Allison.

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And as if this story couldn't get any crazier, Allison's also being accused of being close to the top of the Nxivm pyramid scheme, with these sex slaves under her control, as well. In exchange for her recruits, Keith allegedly paid Allison with money and various other benefits. Obviously, this is huge deal, and anything involving sex trafficking is horrifying, so it's not surprising at all that Allison could potentially be facing a minimum of 15 years in prison if she's found guilty, hence the plea deal.

On Tuesday, People reported that Allison and federal prosecutors working on the case are in plea negotiations, requesting that the next few days they spend trying to work something out won't count against the amount of time they have to bring her to trial under the law. As it stands right now, the judge has approved their request. Until today, Allison was scheduled to appear in court on Monday. So far, Allison's lawyer has yet to issue a statement on this new development in her case.

It's hard to say what will happen from here, but it's unfathomable that anyone could be part of a sex trafficking scheme like this one — let alone someone most of us grew up watching on The WB. Hopefully, this trial will be able to come to a quick conclusion, so that any victims who have been involved are able to heal.

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