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In 2006 Jeffs was charged with sexual and aggravated assault of two minors and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years and a ,ooo fine.
The high-profile raid of the Yearning for Zion Ranch in West Texas brought light to the subject of abusive polygamist marriage.
Although Jeffs remains incarcerated, he is rumored to still call shots in the small town of Colorado City, Arizona, just south of the Utah border.
The town is home to Jeffs’s present-day FLDS sect and is a thriving beacon to plural marriage.
It may or may not have a direct link to Jeffs’s sect, but little is known due to the secrecy of the organization.
I sat down with Val, a 25-year-old man who was banished from his family by his father two years ago for having sexual relations with other men. We are mainstream so you can’t even tell when you come in contact with one of us.
Smith never made it to Utah, but the church carried the practice into the 19th century, primarily for growth and protection.
Although the LDS church formally condemned the practice in 1890, it has remained plagued by the public association of fundamentalist groups like Warren Jeff’s notorious sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).
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It was born not necessarily as a misogynist practice, but one in which encouraged rapid population growth.
She was in a relationship and was being beaten by this man. When me and my mom stepped in we came and took her away from him. They have a 0% divorce rate in the Group and they are very proud of that. I actually felt like I was a big part of something, I knew a lot of those kids didn’t get a lot of meals, that may be the only meal those kids got that day so we would feed them as much as they wanted. When I started working at that school, I would go there really early in the morning to get things started. I have heard rumors they have people in the police force, I don’t know if that is legit. They only abuse people if they know they can get away with it.