I've been reading a lot lately about the tens of thousands of
who live in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. I don't think that polygamy in and of itself should be any of the government's business, but the problem is that as it is practiced in these huge, right wing cults
, teenage girls are basically enslaved to their "husbands" and then raped and turned into baby machines. The governments of these states and municipalities are totally aware
of this happening under their noses and do nothing to stop it.
A very sad and interesting case is that of teenagerRuby Jessop
. She ran away from her polygamous family last year when she was told she was to be given as a "wife" to a man more than twice her age with many other "wives." When she was located by child welfare authorities, she was handed back over to her parents. The only sightings of her since that time have been in a local town where she was surrounded by other people from the cult and was clearly pregnant.
between what happened to poor Elizabeth Smart and this girl are clear and disturbing, but unfortunately for Ruby, her biological father is not a well-to-do, mainstream Mormon, but an abusive, polygamous member
of a large Mormon breakaway sect that insists that all teenage girls are given away to other men in the group as sex slaves.