A female survivor of a twisted sex cult that allegedly recruited children for threesomes with married couples has revealed the horrific details of her abuse.
Christina Babin, 42, was recruited, with her family, into the “Children of God” cult at the young age of 11.Related: Twin Sisters Recall Growing Up In Creepy Kimmy Schmidt–Like “Children Of God” Cult
The religious group, which was founded by David Brandt Berg in the late 1960s, allegedly promoted child labor, rape, exorcisms, and horrific physical, mental, and emotional abuse.
The Children of God believed in free love, and claimed that the sex practices would help its followers prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. “We were told that sex was a good thing and that we should enjoy it,” Babin, now a mother of four, told the Mirror.
“I was so confused as to why I didn’t enjoy what happened. I couldn’t understand why it hadn’t been the amazing thing I was told it would be,” Babin shares.
Babin said that she was forced to care for other children and prohibited from going outside, except when she was forced to beg for money to benefit the group. She was also told not to smile, she said, and was regularly raped by the adults in charge.
The cult, founded in California, has frequently been at the center of physical- and sexual-abuse claims and infamous court cases.
Berg began preaching in a coffee shop during the 1960s, and by the end of the decade he had more than 50 followers — whom he referred to as his “family.”
Eventually the group set up outposts around the world. By 1976, female members were being asked to experiment with “flirty fishing,” which required them to “show God’s love” by having sex with people in order to convert them to the group.
Berg died in 1994. Over the years, the group changed its name several times. In 2004, the group was rebranded “The Family International.”
At age 20, Babin met her future husband in the cult. When the couple became pregnant, they learned that the group wanted them to hand over their baby. This is what made the couple determined to escape the clutches of the cult.
Babin says that she has forgiven her mother for raising her in the cult, and is “grateful” to now be living in freedom. Today, she lives with her husband and children in Los Angeles.
Well-known survivors of the Children of God cult are actress Rose McGowan; Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer; and the late River Phoenix and his brother Joaquin.
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Main photo: Youthful members of an informal Christian group called “Children of God” sing before sitting down for lunch at their headquarters building in the skid row section of Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 1971. The group trains young people to walk the streets and beaches seeking to convert other young street people to Christianity [AP Photo]