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Utah polygamist sect accused of indoctrination, rape and child marriage

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Kingston Group hit with lawsuit from former members that alleges unpaid labor, sexual abuse and human trafficking

Ten former members of a Utah-based polygamist sect known as the Kingston Group are pursuing punitive damages against the organization after they say it subjected them to years of unpaid labor, sexual violence and human trafficking.

In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the sect’s ex-members allege: “It is largely through … illegal marriage practices that the [Kingston Group] is able to unlawfully make girls and their children religious martyrs and traffic them for sexual and labor purposes.”

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