ABC News (USA) reports…
“Along the border between Utah and Arizona is a sort of alternate universe the locals call, “The Creek.”
This is the home base of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which dominates the twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah. Ancestors of the FLDS broke with the mainstream Mormon Church more than a century ago over the issue of polygamy.
Warren Jeffs is still allegedly in control of the church community despite the fact that he is serving a life sentence in Texas for the sexual assault of two girls, including a 12-year-old he counted among his more than 70 wives.
Under Jeffs, FLDS members follow strict rules, such as having no internet or television, and women are required to wear prairie dresses.
A number of FLDS followers are no longer members of the community — including Warren Jeffs’s former sister-in-law Charlene Jeffs, Sabrina Broadbent and Ron Rohbock. But when they left, all said they were forced to leave their children behind because they believed the church would never allow them to take custody.
Once someone leaves the community, Broadbent said, they are ostracized.
“Someone leaving the community, it’s like death to them,” she said. “So once they leave, they’re cut off. They can never see those people again.”
Despite their struggles to extract their children from the grip of the FLDS, Charlene Jeffs, Broadbent and Rohbock remained optimistic about their futures outside of the community….”