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Cult in Mexico Accused of Illegally Adopting and Brainwashing Children

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Apr 16
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The Mexican cult Iglesia Christiana Restaurada (Restored Christian Church) is accused of kidnapping and brainwashing 15 children. The Christian sect runs Casitas del Sur (Little Houses of the South) shelters across Mexico and overseas.

The children went missing from the Mexico City branch of the shelter in 2008; 12 of the children were located in the beginning of April reports The Christian Post.

Iglesia Christiana Restaurada is reportedly responsible for allowing children to be illegally adopted, then brainwashed by members of the sect.

The shelters took on a persona of a charitable ministry in front of the Mexican government.

Religion expert Bernardo Barranco said, “The Casitas del Sur were just a facade for an ambitious indoctrination project...to take children who were defenseless, trusting, blank slates, who would believe everything the sect told them.”

“When authorities had raided the shelter they encountered terrified children. [They found] kids didn’t want to come out, they didn’t want to see the daylight or have contact with people, because the world was full of perversion, it was bad, they were afraid.”

Children’s rights activist Margarita Griesbach said that little has been done by the Mexican government to prevent something like this from happening again.


Publication date: April 16, 2014