Tag Archives: religion

Me: Speaking on Human Trafficking in Washington DC

Me: Speaking on Human Trafficking in Washington DC

I was fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel regarding cults and trafficking moderated by cult expert Steve Hassan. It was an incredible experience and great honor.  I explained my connection with polygamy and trafficking, and how religion can be a tool used to disguise human trafficking. It was the first time that I stood in front of a crowd, live, and share my past. The warm, wonderful crowd at the International Cultic Studies Association, to my shock, even gave me a standing ovation. I was overwhelmed.

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Torture, Sacred Trust & Human Rights

Torture, Sacred Trust & Human Rights
Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs continues to use his ecclesiastical power to impose tests of faith that inflict severe mental anguish on his followers. Granted, it’s no revelation that the convicted felon disregards the laws of the land – that’s why he’s in prison. But somehow, from prison, he was practically able to install his own totalitarian government and reign like a tyrannical dictator over a group of vulnerable, unprotected people. And he did it with the silent approval of officials.
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Exploitation of Believers

Exploitation of Believers

You may wonder how adult women could ever agree to join a cult, marry a polygamist or succumb to the exploitations of a priest. Cult expert Janja Lalich busts a cliche old myth and provides an answer that may surprise you.

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The Right to be Protected

The Right to be Protected

It’s clear that the obligation of the government is to protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty, yet governmental failures to protect individuals who are not in custodial settings also raise human rights concerns.

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