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Title The Global Association of Culture and Peace aka Setsuri - 2,000 Japanese join cult led by suspected sex
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The Global Association of Culture and Peace aka Setsuri - 2,000 Japanese join cult led by suspected sex offender on the run from Interpol July 29th, 2006 - Legal action is at hand against Setsuri, a cult started by ex-Moonie [Jung Myung Seok->], for sexually abusing female followers. Members are forced to live with other cultists and participate in mass wedding ceremonies, the sources said. Former followers and others say the cult also engages in brainwashing and secrecy, while Jung rampantly sexually abuses female members. We are considering filing criminal complaints against the guru and his aides so that there won t be any more victims, said Hiroshi Watanabe, a lawyer familiar with the cult. It will be too late if we don t take countermeasures now. [...] Accusations that Jung was sexually abusing his followers became a huge issue in South Korea. He fled the country in 1999 before he could be prosecuted. South Korea still wants to arrest him. He was placed on Interpol s wanted list in 2002. [...] He stayed at his aides homes in Osaka and Chiba prefectures, where he summoned up to 10 female followers almost every day and indecently assaulted them under the pretext of health checks, they said. Some Japanese female followers were instructed to go overseas for a rendezvous with Jung, they said. The aides told them to never mention the meetings with Jung, warning they would go to hell if they revealed the secret. Many followers left the cult after they realized what was going on. I couldn t understand what was happening to me while I was being sexually assaulted, one of the former followers was quoted as saying. I was so messed up in the head, and couldn t resist whatever the guru did. Another former female follower said, Well over 100 Japanese women had been victimized during the cult s 15 years in Japan. [...] Members are required to pay a fixed donation, part of which is believed to finance Jung s flight from the law. Cultists try to recruit students and others through sports, cultural and other club activities. They use mind control to get recruits to believe in Setsuri s religious principles. This is a summary extract from the full article as it appeared in Asahi, July 29, 2006 Full article