Temple of La Luz del Mundo Church. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Megachurch Leader Arrested for Human Trafficking and Child Rape

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Joaquín García, the leader of La Luz del Mundo, a church based in Mexico with branches the U.S. and over 1 million followers, has been arrested in Los Angeles on charges of human trafficking and child rape.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said García was arrested along with one follower of the church, Susana Medina Oaxaca.

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Garcia faces 26 counts of felony charges, including human trafficking, production of child pornography, and forcible rape of a minor. The charges were brought following an investigation into a case involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County.

TIME reports:

The fundamentalist Christian church, whose name translates to The Light of the World, was founded in 1926 by García’s grandfather. It has been the subject of child sex abuse allegations for years but authorities in Mexico have never filed criminal charges.

It has more than 15,000 churches in 58 countries, according to its website. The church’s followers must adhere to a strict moral code in exchange for the promise of eternal salvation.

García — who was a minister in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California before becoming the church’s leader — coerced the victims into performing sex acts by telling them that refusing would be going against God, authorities said.

He allegedly forced the victims, who were members of the church, to sexually touch themselves and each other. One of his co-defendants also allegedly took nude photographs of the victims and sent the pictures to García.

“Crimes like those alleged in this complaint have no place in our society. Period,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “We must not turn a blind eye to sexual violence and trafficking in our state.”

David Correa, a spokesperson for the church, has refuted all charges against its leader. “We categorically deny those false accusations,” he said. “We know him personally and he is an honorable and honest man.”

Following Garcia’s arrest, on Tuesday night around 1,000 of the church’s followers gathered at the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is being held on $25 million bail in Los Angeles.

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Joako
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Joako

I dont belong to them, but the are not evidencie, political situation, or what is IT on the back?

Mary L Manning
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Beware anyone who presents themselves as morally superior and without fault. Because that’s not human nature and they ARE hiding something and probably bad, bad things. Humility is usually a good sign that someone is an actual good person. Not 100% but I trust them more than the “holier than thou” crowd. We’ll see if he gets put in jail, or gets out on bail and runs like the pig he is.

Sergio
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Sergio

Its a wolf trasvested as an lamb

Damiana
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Damiana

Besides holding this pig to task, what about the Mexican government’s apathy and corruption when they did nothing to stop this horrific crime? What’s wrong with them? They are as responsible when they knew about it for awhile. Shame on them. But they overlook a lot of things like that on the border, the killing and rape of women. 🙁

Marie Stella
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Damiana…This is happening throughout the United States, what’s wrong with us?

Damiana
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Damiana

Well at least our government is responding, is what my point was. Based on their article the Mexican government did nothing. LIterally they did nothing. That’s a whole lot less than the U.S. is doing.
But to answer your pointed question, lots. A lot is wrong with us but at least we’re trying. People are trying here and finally waking up to this scourge of sexual slavery and abuse. Finally….

CmB
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CmB

I guess for the same reason we don’t impeach criminal Presidents.

Richard Clark
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Richard Clark

Even those with an outward appearance of high morals and conduct can be guilty of abhorrent acts such as those allegedly committed by Garcia in this case.