Canadian police takes child-bride human trafficking investigation to Texas

Officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force will be in Texas from Dec. 12 to 16 to gather information about underage Canadian girls believed to have been victimized by Warren Jeffs, the convicted pedophile and leader of a fundamentalist Mormon group.

The Vancouver Sun reports

Sgt. Terry Jacklin of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit said the officers will meet with state lawyers and members of the Texas Rangers to discuss the connection between Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), and girls allegedly sent to him by their families in Bountiful, a polygamous community in B.C.

The RCMP has been planning the trip for several months but it was delayed until authorities in Texas became available, he said, adding the timing of the trip has nothing to do with a B.C. Supreme Court decision this week upholding Canada’s anti-polygamy laws. […]

Earlier this year, RCMP contacted Texas authorities after learning of 31 child brides with connections to Bountiful. The information was based on Jeffs’ dictated diaries and other records filed in advance of his Texas trial. The list was also filed as evidence in B.C. Supreme Court’s constitutional reference case.

In Texas, the jury found Jeffs guilty of sexually assaulting two underage girls, aged 12 and 14, whom he had taken as “spiritual brides.” He was sentenced in August to life in prison plus 20 years – a total of 119 years.

Research resources on the FLDS and on Bountiful (and why its members are referred as Mormon Fundamentalists)

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