‘Nxivm is a company, not a sect’: Emiliano Salinas

Emiliano Salinas

A new report is out on a website called La Silla Rota

The report is in Spanish.

Here is an English translation:

“Nxivm is a company, not a sect”: Emiliano Salinas

Emiliano Salinas Occelli reveals what this company is about that has been involved in controversy

By Marlene Valero

Mexico City – The son of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari says the company, NXIVM (Nexium) is a company that provides classes and workshops for personal and business help, and is not a sect where people are “branded”, as published by the New York Times, last October.

In an interview with La Silla Rota, Emiliano Salinas Occelli reveals what this company is about that has been involved in controversy and that he and his partner, Alejandro Betancourt, brought to Mexico 15 years ago.

“The company Nxivm in New York is dedicated to developing methodologies and human development programs. We have a license to operate one of them in Mexico. Never in 15 years, neither as clients nor as representatives, have I ever seen anything that looks like what the NYT reported. There are no such practices within Nxivm, ” he said.

Emiliiano Salinas explains NXIVM has nothing to do with marking women.

However, Salinas Occelli acknowledged that the scandal occurred because a group of people had eccentric practices, such as branding women with tattoos, or extorting them with photographs of sexual connotation, and some of these took workshops in NXIVM, without having any relationship with each other.

“What the media is talking about is a group, which due to the company’s structure, was incorrectly linked to this other company. That is, they linked a private group with the activities of the NXIVM company.  There are members of that group who are also members, clients of NXIVM, that somehow participate in the workshops,” he explained.

The history of NXIVM in Mexico dates back to 2002, when Emiliano Salinas and Alejandro Betancourt, who are partners in other businesses, attended the Executive Success Program (ESP) workshops in New York.

He clarified that the firm is licensed to apply methods in human development.



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  • The late Dr. Paul Marko,who passed away last month, described pyramid schemes as magnets for sociopaths. I believe he was correct.

  • This reminds me of a legal case back in Europe. I am not sure which country it was but it was State vs Church of Scientology. In that case it was about Scientology wanting to pay less taxes as religious groups had to pay a significantly lower tax rate than for instance a company would have to. Scientology lost this one as the court came to the conclusion that this institution tries to achieve economical goals while the ethics were just a pretense.
    Thinking about that I would say Emiliano Salinas is right. A group that tries to extort money from members or customers is not a religious group. It is a MLM company and a pyramid scheme.

    • “It is a MLM company and a pyramid scheme.” You are exactly right. Covering an Albany federal court filing, Jeane MacIntosh of the New York Post writes:

      “Included in the 200-plus page document is a purported breakdown of NXIVM’s highly-guarded “business model” — described as a multi-layered plan in which members get commission for recruiting others, and the money flows up the chain to those at the top of the “corporation.” From: https://nypost.com/2011/01/31/guru-blow-off-taxes/

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