Leaders of a Nation of Islam offshoot that has been labeled a “cult,” separated kids from their dad and mom, held them incommunicado below extremely restrictive circumstances, and made them work as much as 16 hours a day for no pay, according to a shocking indictment unsealed Tuesday in Kansas federal court.
The 20-page submitting accuses eight officers with the United Nation of Islam (UNOI)—a splinter group that in 1978 broke away from Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam—of conspiracy and compelled labor. It features a breathtaking array of further allegations, claiming the group, amongst different issues, denied the children correct medical care, prohibited them from attending exterior colleges, and demanded a few of them endure colonics carried out by grownup members. The kids, who had been reportedly as younger as 8, had been typically saved in “overcrowded dormitories or barracks,” which they weren’t allowed to depart, say prosecutors.
“Conversely, the defendants and their quick households sometimes resided in spacious lodging, ate what they wished, and labored at their very own discretion,” the indictment states.
The accused leaders—Kaaba Majeed, Yunus Rassoul, James Staton, Randolph Rodney Hadley, Dana Peach, Etenia Kinard, and Jacelyn Greenwell—had been arrested Monday in varied U.S. cities. They don’t but have legal professionals listed in courtroom data, and had been unable to be reached for remark.
UNOI was based greater than 40 years in the past by Royall Jenkins, a trucker who “represented that he, himself, was Allah, or God,” the indictment explains. “Jenkins claimed that in roughly 1978, he was kidnapped by angels who transported him by means of the galaxy in a spaceship and instructed him how one can rule on Earth,” the papers say.
At first, Jenkins and UNOI had been primarily based in Maryland, however he moved the group’s headquarters to Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, within the late Nineties, in line with the submitting. There, the group continued to develop, finally comprising “a whole bunch” of members. Later, UNOI modified its title to The Worth Creators and The Promise Keepers, the submitting states. Jenkins led UNOI till roughly 2012, counting on a number of of his many wives to assist him handle operations, it explains.
In 2018, a younger lady who was trafficked as an unpaid laborer for a decade by UNOI was awarded $8 million in damages for the abuse she suffered at UNOI’s palms. Kendra Ross mentioned she was pressured to depart her mom at age 12, was married off to a different UNOI member at age 20, and was ordered to work without spending a dime in not less than six totally different places run by the group earlier than managing to flee in 2012.
A federal choose in 2018 issued a warrant for Jenkins’ arrest after ignoring a number of courtroom orders looking for to find out the extent of his property. His whereabouts were unknown as of last July, and a name on Tuesday to a quantity listed for Jenkins in Kansas Metropolis went unanswered.
UNOI’s companies are scattered all through the nation, with places in Kansas, Ohio, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere. These so-called temples embrace a gasoline station, a stitching manufacturing unit, a plant that manufactured private hygiene merchandise, bakeries, and eating places. UNOI advised the youngsters below their supervision that unpaid work was their “obligation to Allah,” the indictment states. In the event that they didn’t comply, the children had been allegedly humiliated in entrance of others, forbidden from consuming, and subjected sure violators to “Fruit of Islam Beatdowns.” Concern was used as a motivating issue, say the feds: Jenkins advised UNOI members that he had his personal daughter killed for leaving the group, in line with the indictment.
UNOI management additionally managed all of the actions of its younger members, shuttling them from metropolis to metropolis to work, the indictment says. They had been allegedly advised to lie about their age, had been barred from studying something that wasn’t produced by the group, and had been lower off from their households in addition to most anybody of the other intercourse. UNOI officers “typically required the victims to ask permission to talk, and prohibited victims from utilizing sure phrases similar to ‘good day,’ and ‘say,’” states the indictment.
After they had been allowed to talk with their kin, UNOI leaders routinely monitored the calls, alleges the submitting, which provides, “The defendants directed the victims to bathe in a sure method and required some victims to endure colonics carried out by grownup members. A colonic is a process designed to cleanse the colon by streaming gallons of water by means of a tube inserted into the rectum.”
The alleged abuse took varied different types, as nicely. Many kids had been restricted to 2 meals a day, which had been typically restricted to “bean soup, salad, and sometimes fruit,” the indictment continues. At occasions, it says, the children had been instructed to “cleanse” themselves by consuming nothing however lemon juice for days on finish. Younger ladies had been required to keep up a sure weight, as Jenkins reportedly did together with his wives, who had been subjected to weekly weigh-ins and made to quick in the event that they had been deemed too heavy, in line with prosecutors.
The UNOI defendants now dealing with costs “hardly ever permitted victims to hunt exterior medical consideration,” and “typically denied victims medical consideration altogether,” states the indictment. “When a defendant did permit a sufferer to obtain medical consideration, they despatched the sufferer to a physician employed by UNOI or to [defendant Dana] Peach, who was not a licensed medical physician. Peach would then personally ‘deal with’ the victims herself.”Nor had been the indentured kids permitted to “obtain an accredited training from a licensed faculty,” say prosecutors.
“UNOI ran its personal unlicensed faculty often called the ‘College of Arts and Logistics of Civilization’ (UALC) in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas,” states the indictment. “Victims who lived in Kansas metropolis, Kansas attended the UALC however didn’t obtain acceptable instruction in conventional topics similar to arithmetic, studying, writing, and science The defendants denied the victims who lived exterior of Kansas Metropolis…any reputable training, and required them to offer labor in lieu of attending faculty.”
In the event that they didn’t comply, or left UNOI, members would “burn in an ‘everlasting hellfire’ or expertise tragedy,” the indictment says.
If convicted, every of the eight defendants faces 5 years in jail on the conspiracy cost and 20 years on the pressured labor cost.