The U.S. Department of Justice says that a Philippine megachurch pastor, Apollo Quiboloy, and one of his top administrators trafficked young women and girls into the U.S.
The agency also says that Quiboloy coerced some of the young women into sex, which he told them was a “privilege” and “God’s will” and threatened “damnation” to those who resisted his advances.
“Defendant Quiboloy and other KOJC administrators coerced pastorals into performing ‘night duty’ — that is, sex — with defendant Quiboloy under the threat of physical and verbal abuse and eternal damnation by defendant Quiboloy and other KOJC administrators,” the DOJ indictment reads, as reported by The Christian Post.
“Defendant Quiboloy and other KOJC administrators told pastorals that performing ‘night duty’ was ‘God’s will’ and a privilege, as well as a necessary demonstration of the pastoral’s commitment to give her body to defendant Quiboloy as ‘The Appointed Son of God.’”
Quiboloy and two of his administrators are accused of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion.
In addition to trafficking people into the U.S. and running a “bogus charity” which benefitted them financially, the pastor and his associates are also accused of recruiting girls as young as 12 to work for them as “pastoralas.”
These girls were expected to clean, prepare meals, and engage in sex acts with Quiboloy. They were rewarded for their compliance with “good food, luxurious hotel rooms, trips to tourist spots, and yearly cash payments that were based on performance.”
However, those who resisted sexual relations with the pastor were told “that they had the devil in them and risked eternal damnation.”
Those who managed to get away were publicly threatened and slandered.
“Defendant Quiboloy would give sermons, broadcasted to KOJC members around the world, in which he would allege that victims who escaped had engaged in criminal conduct and sexually promiscuous activity, and therefore faced eternal damnation, in order to discourage other victims from leaving, retaliate against and discredit the victims, and conceal the sexual activity between defendant Quiboloy and the victims,” the indictment stated.
Quiboloy has millions of followers around the world, including what he claims are 4 million tithing followers.
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