A witness at the trial of Keith Raniere, Nxivm's leader, described being branded and the harsh punishments meted out to women for failing to follow orders. Colin Moynihan of The New York Times reports.

The branding ceremony took place in 2017 inside a house near Albany, where female members of the cult Nxivm held an initiation for the newest member of an ultra secret sect.

That member, Lauren Salzman, testified Monday that she knelt and said, "Master, please brand me, it would be an honour, an honour I want to wear for the rest of my life." Then she was