Tag: Lost Boys
It’s estimated that more than a thousand young men and women — mostly men — have escaped or been thrown out
of the community known as “The Crick,” the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., dominated by the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints
Getting those young adults to talk about their lives in and out of “The Crick” was difficult, say the filmmakers who have profiled some of those exiled teens for the documentary “Sons of Perdition.”
The FLDS has traditionally kept the number of boys in their polygamist communities low. That way the male leaders can have their pick of young “plural wives,” without the worry of younger competition, said Brenda Jensen, a former “polygamy kid” who now works as a volunteer for The Hope Organization.
“My clients feel like they’ve accomplished what they needed to,” their attorney, Roger Hoole, told the Deseret Morning News late Wednesday. “The only thing left to go after is money, and that’s not what they wanted.”
State lawmakers have passed a bill that appears to crack down on child abandonment in the fundamentalist communities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.
This home will be a new shelter for the so-called “Lost Boys,” teenagers kicked out of the Fundamentalist LDS Church. That is, if they can navigate their way through government bureaucracy to get the home licensed and approved in time for its scheduled Oct. 4 opening.
Franky admits he’s conflicted about the life of polygamy he has left behind along with the nearly three dozen brothers and sisters he’s banished from seeing. He also has mixed feelings about the man he once considered a religious prophet, polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.
It’s simple arithmetic in polygamous, fundamentalist Mormon societies like Bountiful, B.C. Some men get many wives, others get none. It’s usually older men who get second, third and sometimes more wives, brides who are usually teenagers. Left behind are angry, frustrated young men. Not only can they not choose their own mates, they’ve been told it’s against the church’s rules to date or even socialize with girls their age. They are the so-called Lost Boys.
Jennifer Broadbent is like most teens: She wants a cell phone, to study dance and theater, to make her own way in the world – even if she has to do it all without her parents’ help. That got easier for Jennifer and other teens on Tuesday. As she and three other so-called Lost Boys looked on, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed a new law that allows teens 16 or 17 to seek emancipation from their parents. With that status, the teens would be able to get housing, schooling and other services independently. The Lost Boys, boys and girls
SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah legislative committee has advanced a bill pushed by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff to help the “lost boys” – youths evicted from polygamists‘ homes. The legislation failed in the Senate last year. On Wednesday, Shurtleff told the Judiciary Interim Committee the bill, which would allow a judge to emancipate a minor at age 16, is among his top priorities. Shurtleff said hundreds of young men need help after being cast out by their polygamous families in the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The youths are persecuted for their behavior or forced
Wednesday June 15, 2005
CAST OUT: As many as 1,000 teens have been cut off from their families and communities in Utah to ensure plenty of young brides for older, polygamous men. Up to 1,000 teenage boys have been separated from their parents and thrown out of their communities by a polygamous sect to make more young women available for older men, Utah officials claim. Many of these “Lost Boys,” some as young as 13, have simply been dumped on the side of the road in Arizona and Utah, by the leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), and