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Mexican officials breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

By MARK STEVENSON Modified: January 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

But according to the Defenders of Christ website, he quickly moved on to claim that he was Jesus Christ reincarnated.

Photos of Gonzalez de Arriba are juxtaposed with a painting of Christ, purportedly showing how the Spaniards eyebrows, nose and mouth are “exactly like” those of Christ.

Myrna Garcia, and activist with the Support Network for Cult Victims who has worked with victims of the Defenders of Christ cult, said Gonzalez de Arriba “mixed bio-programming, Christian and New Age doctrines and fears about the end of the world … to control followers, to keep them terrorized.”

“He made them believe he was Christ,” said Garcia, whose group filed a complaint with Mexican authorities about the cult's abuses about one year ago. “Like Christ, they have to adore him, if not they will lose their souls … they have to give their lives for him.”

“There were women who were forced into prostitution,” Garcia noted. “It was a form of human trafficking that was extraordinarily effect from the criminal point of view,” she said, because the women were terrified of being separated from the sect.

How the cult managed to thrive in an area of Mexico that is tightly controlled by the violent Zetas drug cartel remains a mystery. However, there could be some link; Gonzalez de Arriba first set up shop in the northern city of Torreon, which also has a strong Zeta's influence.

The immigration institute said in a news release that the Defenders of Christ was headed by Venezuelan citizen Jose Arenas Losanger Segovia, but according to Garcia and the cult's website, he was clearly a lieutenant of Gonzalez de Arriba.

The Interior Department said the Defenders of Christ had not registered as a religious group, as required under Mexican law. Garcia said cells of the cult might still be active in Peru and Argentina.

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