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Bring back our FLDS girls, Canadian columnist says

Published May 16, 2014 10:06 am

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You've probably heard about Boko Haram, the Nigerian group that has angered the world by kidnapping 270 girls.

At the Vancouver Sun in British Columbia, columnist Daphne Bramham contends Canadian authorities outraged by Boko Haram have ignored another group trafficking girls: The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The FLDS has an enclave at Bountiful, British Columbia, and Bramham has spent years documenting the activities of its leaders.

She doesn't mince words when comparing Boko Haram to the FLDS:

"There is no chasm between the beliefs of the Islamist leaders of Boko Haram and the FLDS leaders. Their disregard for the value and rights of girls and women inextricably links them.

"For them, girls and women are chattel. Like cattle, their only value is their breeding ability.

"For them, educating girls must be stopped. Allowing it to continue might mean that some day those girls could challenge the patriarchy that enslaves them."

There's no disputing girls in the FLDS were traded and moved in secret under Rulon and Warren Jeffs. William E. Jessop, who leads a band who has broken from the latter Jeffs leadership, has said he wants a more favorable environment for girls and young women: education, no forced marriages and freedom to work outside the home.

— Nate Carlisle

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