MEXICO CITY – A sect named Defenders of Christ that was broken up in Mexico last month forced women to participate in orgies, discouraged baths and made people eat raw animal organs, the wife of a cult leader said Tuesday.
Mexican immigration authorities raided the sex-driven sect’s house in the northern state of Nuevo Laredo on Jan. 25, rounding up 14 foreigners, including its Spanish leader, Ignacio Gonzalez de Arriba, and 10 Mexicans.
Gonzalez de Arriba saw himself as the reincarnation of Christ and used the Internet to recruit adherents, offering classes on “bio-programming,” alternative health care, psychic powers and sexuality, according to the Victim Support Network, which helps people who flee sects.
“They broke you down, making you even doubt your own name,” Blanca Castro, who was married to a Venezuelan leader of the Defenders of Christ, told a news conference.
“They made me eat raw animal organs. And you know what? When you’re starving you’ll eat anything,” the Mexican woman said, adding that sect leaders told followers that hygiene was a waste of time.
Castro, who married Losanger Jose Arenas Segovia in 2009, said she was raped, forced into group sex sessions, locked up and roughed up. She lived with the sect for 10 months in 2010 until she escaped and made her way to Peru.
Gonzalez de Arriba is being investigated over allegation that minors were forced to participate in sexual acts.
The Argentina-based Victim Support Network said the sect is present in 80 countries, with 4,000 victims in Mexico and 10,000 in the rest of the world.