Prosecutors allege Kansas City group beat children and imposed severe dietary restrictions
Federal prosecutors allege that eight men linked to a Kansas-based organization conspired to provide unpaid child labor to businesses across the country and physically abused them for years.
The organization, formerly known as the United Nation of Islam and Value Creators, was labeled a cult in 2018 by a federal judge in the District of Kansas.
In an indictment that closed Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that the Kansas City group beat children, imposed severe dietary restrictions and forced children under the age of 8 to work without pay, Kansas City Star reported.
Royal Jenkins was a member of the Nation of Islam until 1978, when he founded the separate United Nations of Islam. According to the indictment, he persuaded his followers that he had been shown the proper way to rule Earth after “being carried through the galaxy by aliens on a spaceship”. At one time, the group had hundreds of followers.
Eight leaders of the organization, including three of Jenkins’s “multiple wives”, were named in the indictment when they were arrested in cities across the US, Randolph Hadley, Jacqueline Greenwell, Atenea Kinnard, Dana Peach, Daniel Jenkins, James Staten. Huh. Yunus Rasool and Kaaba Majeed.
He is accused of conspiring to get forced labor and forcible labor. Neither of the defendants had an attorney listed in federal court records.
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Prosecutors allege that as early as October 2000, the organization ran businesses such as gas stations, bakeries and restaurants in several states using unpaid labor from group members and their children, some of whom were under the age of 8.
Parents were encouraged to send their children to an unlicensed school in Kansas City, Kansas called the University of the Arts and Logistics of Civilization, which did not provide proper instruction in most subjects.
The indictment states that those who did not attend school were forced to work instead.
The indictment alleges that some of the victims worked in businesses in Kansas City, while others were taken to businesses in other states, including New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Georgia and North Carolina.
Prosecutors said the victims lived in “overcrowded dormitories, barracks, or homes of adult members who did not belong” and many were forced to work up to 16 hours per day. His diet consisted of bean soup, salad, and occasionally fruit, and ordered frequent cleanses that only included the consumption of lemon juice for days.
The physical abuse mentioned in the indictment included regular “Fruits of Islam beatdowns” conducted by the three defendants to punish male members for violating its code by crimes such as stealing food.
The indictment names 10 children who were forced to work for the organization between October 2000 and November 2012. Some worked for 12 years without pay, the indictment says.
In May 2018, US Judge Daniel Crabtree called the group a cult and ordered it to pay $8 million to Kendra Ross, who said she performed 10 years of unpaid labor.