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US cult leader faces lawsuit over alleged slave labour

US cult leader faces lawsuit over alleged slave labour

Royall Jenkins, above, ‘spiritual’ leader of an organisation called The Value Creators and a man who likes to be call ‘Allah’,  is being sued by a woman who claims she was forced to work without pay for a decade — from the age of 11.

According to this report, Kendra Ross, who is now 26, alleges that until 2012, when she “gathered her courage and strength to escape”,  she was the victim of human trafficking at the hands of Royall Jenkins, founder of the United Nation of Islam (UNOI), which later changed its name to The Value Creators.

According to the lawsuit, Jenkins formed the UNOI after “angels and/or scientists” abducted him and escorted him through the galaxy on a spaceship and instructed him on how to govern earth.
The suit contends that he subsequently told his followers to refer to him as “Allah on Earth”, “Allah in Person”, or “The Supreme Being”.

The suit, filed in US District Court in Kansas City, estimates that Ross performed many thousands of hours of uncompensated labour for the group, and this report says she is seeking $2.2 million in damages as well as punitive damages.

Ross says was was forced to work in restaurants and as a maid, cook and childcare provider in several cities, including Kansas City, Atlanta, Dayton, Ohio, and New York.

The suit alleges:

The defendants’ actions forced Ms Ross into involuntary servitude, and denied her fundamental rights of freedom, education, basic medical attention and fair pay.

She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and:

Still suffers from the psychological effects of a childhood of trafficking.

Jenkins, who now lives in Arizona, was a member of the Nation of Islam until 1978 when he formed the separate United Nation of Islam (UNOI).

The group’s Facebook profile photo displays the slogan “Wealthful Growth” and shows what appears to be a spaceship shining light on a pile of gold bars.

Jenkins established a small community of followers and businesses in an economically depressed area of Kansas City and later established similar communities in a number of other cities.

Many in the Kansas City community praised the group for improving the area and bringing needed economic development. But most of the businesses started by the group along Quindaro Boulevard appear to have since been closed.

The suit alleges that the UNOI used a hierarchical chain of command with Jenkins at the pinnacle.

It employed strict system of discipline, operated its own schools and regulated when and with who members could marry. Ross was married to a group member when she was 20 after a “psychic doctor” determined that they were compatible, according to the suit.

The UNOI also taught a philosophy of the superiority of black males over white males and the superiority of men over women.

UNOI required female members to attend regular women’s meetings, where women learned how to be “good housewives”and how to”submit’ to their husbands”.

Among punishments meted out were fines that had to be paid by female members if they exceeded an “ideal” weight, the suit alleges.

Since 2015, Ross has lived in a safe house in an undisclosed state to “avoid detection by her former traffickers,” according to the suit.

Besides the money she says is owed her for the years of work she was not paid for, her suit seeks compensation for:

Her pain, and suffering of the trafficking and losing her childhood to the defendants, and to punish the defendants for their abhorrent and malicious trafficking practices.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

7 responses to “US cult leader faces lawsuit over alleged slave labour”

  1. barriejohn says:

    “Wealthful Growth”: are people really so stupid that they can’t see through all this “prosperity” bollocks? We all know who gets wealthy, don’t we? Benny Hinn’s nephew has now blown the lid on it, but I don’t suppose it’ll have any effect:

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/21/benny-hinns-nephew-i-wanted-no-part-of-the-greedy-ministry-manipulation/

  2. Broga says:

    barriejohn: I’m afraid that there is an endless supply of the gullible, poorly educated and needy who will continue to fall for the con trick of a promise of easy and early riches. Jenkins looks the part of what he appears to be.

  3. John the Drunkard says:

    Reverend Ike meets Elijah Muhammad.
    In the U.S. we seem determined to forget that 99 44/100% of the Black Muslim movement(s) have been greed-driven cults.

  4. Tee says:

    Sorry for OT but Evolution, the “Just a Theory” true explanation for the staggering diversity of life on Earth, and all life that is teeming throughout the Universe, is clearly at work here. As is we need any further evidence on top of the enormous and irrefutable evidence we already have. Take heed creationists … your pathetic notions are totally discredited.

    Alarm as ‘super malaria’ spreads in South East Asia – BBC News
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41351160

  5. StephenJP says:

    I find it slightly amusing that gullibility extends right across the spectrum, from Christian millennialists to Muslim hierarchists. Is it not enough for the credulous that mainstream religions offer them all they could possibly dream of: eternal life, forgiveness of “sins”, the prospect of being reunited with loved ones? What does this obvious charlatan have that is any better?

    I suppose he makes them feel welcomed, valued, part of a community, in circumstances where mainstream religions have failed them. But how far must that failure have gone for this woman to have accepted the abject position that he puts all women in?

    I guess this whole sad story also shows how far we have to go to give desperate people an acceptable alternative to superstition.

  6. barriejohn says:

    StephenJP: You’re quite correct. Jesus is supposed to have said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”, yet I knew evangelical Christians who got terribly confused about this. The problem arises because Christianity emerged as a Jewish sect, and the whole teaching of the Old Testament is that if you honour God, keep his commandments, and keep your nose to the grindstone, you will be rewarded IN THIS LIFE. The Jews tend not to have much truck with “the hereafter” – they want it here and now while they can enjoy it. The Pauline message is very different (and much more “modern”); everything is “spiritualized”, and what privations one suffers are nothing compared to the “eternal glory” that awaits. But just look at the American evangelicals, who look upon God as that Old Testament Jehovah, rewarding his faithful followers and raining fire and brimstone upon his (i.e. “their”) enemies. It’s dangerous stuff I’m afraid, and the message can be very powerful, especially where those who are easily manipulated are concerned.

  7. StephenJP says:

    barriejohn: that’s all too true. And the Pauline message came first: all about a spiritual saviour, with virtually no detail given about his life, or his ministry, or his preaching. Paul almost always says his own inspiration comes directly from God, not from Jesus’s teaching. The tales of the Gospels were compiled, or confected, at least 40 and maybe many more years afterwards, more than a lifetime; and firmly within the Hellenised Gentile version of Christianity, not the Jerusalem version, which might well have died out by then.

    How the Dickens did I get on to this hobby-horse from the original subject? Well, it is late at night, and I have had one glass of wine too many…