Yesterday it was revealed that Mexican authorities dismantled a strange sex slavery cult that allegedly recruited women and then exploited them as sex slaves near Nuevo Laredo, which is very close to the U.S. Mark Stevenson, editor of Associated Press, writes that the “Defensores de Cristo” or “Defenders of Christ” allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed to be the reincarnation of Christ.
The followers were subjected to forced labor or sexual activities including prostitution, according to a group of victim advocates, which filed a complaint over a year ago against the sect.
Federal police, agents of the National Institute of Migration (INM) and judicial authorities raided a house earlier this week in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, and found cult members, including children, living in deplorable overcrowded conditions.
The Institute reported that 14 foreigners, including six Spaniards, were arrested in the operation and handed over to judicial authorities, pending possible charges filed against them.
The detainees include six Spanish, two Brazilians, two Bolivians and two Venezuelans. An Argentinian and Ecuadorian were also arrested. The Institute also reported that there were 10 Mexicans in the house, mostly women, and they are presumably victims of the sect.
The Attorney General's Office reported that the investigation is ongoing to determine what charges could be applied in the case. Given the sectarian loyalty ties that have been forged over three years, prosecutors are still trying to figure out which of the detainees could be considered the victims and criminals of the bizarre sex slavery cult.
The Institute also said that the sex slavery cult leader forced members to pay "tithes" with money or labor. An INM official who was not authorized to give his name said the women were recruited by the sect and then forced to have sex with the senior members.
He described the sex slavery cult case as a form of human trafficking involving prostitution. Several media sources added that the abuse also included minors.
Ignacio González de Arriba, the Spaniard who claims to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, established his practice in Mexico three years ago after spending some time in Brazil and elsewhere in South America.
Shortly after his relocation to Mexico, he started offering courses in "bio-programming," an esoteric practice which ensures that its practitioners can "reprogram" your brain to eliminate pain, suffering and anxiety. But according to the website of the Defenders of Christ, Gonzalez soon began proclaiming that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.