In this episode, we profile four women, all of whom have different stories to tell about their involvement with Polygamy.
Flora escaped from the infamous Polygamous cult known as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints) run until recently by Warren Jeffs. She now helps women and children living in Polygamy find safe passage out of it when they decide to leave, or worse, are kicked out by its leadership.
Aneesa was born in Queens, NY and raised Baptist and considered herself one until she arrived at Hunter College and found Islam. Soon after her conversion, she found love and married Shahid, and in accordance with Islamic precepts suggested to him that he marry another woman as encouraged in the Koran. Today, she is a devout Muslim who wears a Niqab, or ‘face veil’ and lives in an overwhelmingly Jewish enclave in New York State.
Michelle runs a safe house for Polygamy’s forgotten young men, known as the ‘Lost Boys’. Kicked out of their homes for things like watching movies or talking to girls, these boys are literally left on the streets to fend for themselves. Michelle helps them get back on their feet to attend school, get jobs and carve out a life for themselves.
Carolyn escaped from the FLDS three years ago and has recently written a bestselling book called Escape. In a house with 4 other wives, she was a virtual slave to her husband and his first wife who terrorized everyone in their home. With 8 kids, one of whom is severely disabled, Carolyn saw an opening to save her family and one night escaped from the community with her children. After some tense moments of being on the run and despite her own objections, having her oldest daughter return to the FLDS, Carolyn is trying to find her footing along with help from caring individuals who are working together to help her and her kids find a life for themselves.
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