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They accuse a cult in Kansas of separating children from their parents and enslaving them to work up to 16 hours a day without pay

2021-10-27T17:38:29.569Z

The United Nation of Islam group tricked children into a school and then exploited them, also controlling how much and what they could eat and other aspects of their lives.



A federal investigation has accused the leaders of a cult in Kansas of separating children from their parents to force them to work up to 16 hours a day and without paying them even a dollar.

For more than a decade, leaders of the United Nation of Islam (UNOI) group convinced hundreds of parents to enroll their children in a Kansas City school, promising them a world-class education and development. of life skills through work in the organization's companies, according to The Washigton Post newspaper.

What the main members of UNOI, which has no ties to the Islamic faith despite its name, did not tell parents was that their children, some as young as 8,

would be sent to cities across the country to work up to 16 hours a day in restaurants, gas stations and factories, without receiving pay or formal education,

according to court records.

The children were forbidden to speak without permission with their relatives.Netrebina Elena / Getty Images

Last week, the prosecution charged eight UNOI leaders with conspiracy and forced labor in connection with the alleged abuses that took place between 2000 and 2012, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Kansas revealed Tuesday.

The defendants have been identified by authorities as Kaaba Majeed, Yunus Rassoul, James Staton, Randolph Rodney Hadley, Daniel Aubrey Jenkins, Dana Peach, Etenia Kinard and Jacelyn Greenwell.

The sect is accused of controlling what the young people ate, read or saw, and the way they dressed.

They could not speak without permission or have contact with their family members, and some were subjected to routine weight and colon checks by adults, according to the federal complaint.

[The trial of the leader of the religious sect La Luz del Mundo will begin on September 27]

They also ordered them to shower in a certain way and restricted the diet of many of them to bean soup, salad and, occasionally, fruit, according to the aforementioned newspaper.

Many were allowed to eat only twice a day

and forced to drink only lemon juice for days to "cleanse themselves."

A group created 40 years ago

UNOI was founded more than 40 years ago by Royall Jenkins, a truck driver who presented himself as "Allah or God", according to the accusation collected by the digital medium The Daily Beast.

"Jenkins stated that, in approximately 1978, he was abducted by angels who transported him through the galaxy in a spaceship and instructed him on how to govern on Earth," indicates the aforementioned medium.

[They accuse the lecturer Ricardo Ponce of having a sexual sect in Bacalar, Mexico]

The organization, according to The Washington Post, has no ties to the Islamic faith.

It was previously called Creators of Values ​​and split from the black separatist group Nation of Islam in 1978.

In 2018, a federal judge issued an arrest warrant for Jenkins after he ignored multiple warrants to determine the extent of his assets.

["I realized that I was part of a sexual sect," says Ricardo Ponce's alleged victim]

Jenkins, who is not listed in the indictment filed Tuesday, has not been detained.

Until July 2021 it was not known where he lived.

Source: telemundo

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