Polygamy

In the United States, there are currently several religious groups who practice polygamy. The majority of these groups call themselves fundamentalists Mormons. This is a term objected to by many mainstream Mormons who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who do not practice polygamy. One of the largest of these polygamists groups is the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS). The religious tenets and lifestyles illustrated in “Hidden Wives” are modeled after the FLDS.

In the FLDS, marriages are often arranged and include placing underage girls with older men. The majority of these communities are in the Western states, with predominance in Utah and Arizona. More recently, many members of the largest FLDS group in those western states relocated to El Dorado, Texas. In 2008, Texas state authorities raided the compound of the YFZ Ranch and took into temporary legal custody 436 children. Several members have been convicted of sexual assault of underage girls. The group has since stated they would renounce underage marriage.

The following links below are non-profit groups dedicated to helping victims of Polygamy:

the hope organization
the child protection project


More information about Polygamy:

rick a. ross institute
The Diversity Foundation - The Lost Boys


Recommended Non-Fiction Books on Polygamy:

god's brothel by Andrea Moore-Emmett
escape by Carolyn Jessop
church of lies by Flora Jessop
stolen innocence by Elissa Wall
one lost boy: escape from polygamy by David Beagley
under the banner of heaven by John Krakauer