In the name of the Lord: Sex-slavery ‘religious’ cult rooted out in Mexico

On the cult's website [ http://www.amarjesuscristo.com/ ], it is claimed that Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba has similar physical attributes to Jesus Christ.
On the cult’s website [ http://www.amarjesuscristo.com/ ], it is claimed that Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba has similar physical attributes to Jesus Christ.
The cult, the “Defensores de Cristo” (“Defenders of Christ”), allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who acted as the cult leader and claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

The cult’s “defenders” were subjected to forced labor or sexual activities, including prostitution, according to Mexico’s National Immigration Institute that said it filed a complaint more than a year ago against the sect.

In a press release published on its website, the National Migration Institute said that it had arrested 24 cult members last week following a raid on a squalid house located near Nuevo Laredo, a city near the Texas border. Fourteen foreigners were among those detained: six Spaniards, two Brazilians, two from Bolivia, two Venezuelans, one Argentinean and one from Ecuador.

Officials released the name of only one of those involved, José Arenas Losanger Segovia, a Venezuelan identified as the leader of the organization, which “was characterized by its recruiting of people at the national level.”

The cult website labels Losanger as an “apostle” of the reincarnation of Christ. It states that a Spanish-born man named Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba is the reincarnation of Jesus, and that he bears the physical similarities of the Christian figure.

Prosecutors are now trying to ascertain who were the victims, and who were the accusers in the “Defenders of Christ”. Set up in 2010, the group operated in the northern Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila and forced its members to pay “tithes,” with money or forced labor, according to the National Migration Institute.

(José Leveña Acebo, Metro World News in Monterrey, Mexico)


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

National

New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

For the first time in hundreds of years, it's about to be legal to cheat on your spouse in New Hampshire.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

NHL

Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.