Jim joined the Children of God when he was a teenager. It seemed to be the dream he had been looking for, but it became a nightmare. "These people were beautiful, and we lived together, we shared. We loved differently from the rest of the world, and it turned bad. It turned real bad," he says, his voice breaking. "In the beginning, there was no wife swapping or sharing. When I finally landed a wife, I was in love with her ... She stayed and is still there. My kids were held hostage in this group."

His daughter, Kristi, stayed in the sect for 16 years and endured sexual and physical abuse from an early age. Her older sister, Nina, recalls her horrific past. "I was a victim of sexual, verbal and physical abuse while I was in the group that started when I was about 6. It went on until I was about 10 or 11," she says.

Kristi adds, "They encouraged mothers and fathers to stimulate their children sexually and to actively encourage the children to stimulate themselves."


Jim's wife, Donna, left the country with their children when the kids were young. "When we first got to Thailand, I was 8 years old when I started being offered to other people outside of the group," Kristi remembers. "I think when you're abused over a long period of time, it all meshes together for you. There's no beginning and there's no end."

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