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God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalis
Andrea Moore-Emmett

"I know girls as young as 12 years old who have been forced to marry their stepfathers," Laura Chapman states in Godís Brothel.

Pince-Nez Press
June 2004
On Sale: June 1, 2004
234 pages
ISBN: 1930074131
EAN: 9781930074132
Paperback
$11.02
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For the first time, the stories of Laura and 17 other former polygamist wives are being told in book form. Unique among books on this topic, Godís Brothel presents accounts from 10 of the 11 major Mormon polygamist sects and several independent families. This thorough coverage reveals patterns of physical, sexual and emotional abuse common to these groups.

In addition to the womenís stories, Godís Brothel presents a fascinating discussion of polygamyís history in America. Moore-Emmett recounts the prosecution of polygamists and current freedom of religion arguments used to justify its practice. She also provides a coherent breakdown of the major contemporary polygamist groups and places U.S. polygamy in a world context. This background information greatly clarifies much of the confusion surrounding this complex issue.

Far from affecting only Utah, Mormon and Christian fundamentalist polygamist groups are found in 30 U.S. states, Mexico, and Canada. Conservative estimates place those living in polygamy in North America at 50,000 to 100,000 and growing. Recently, members of Utahís Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) moved to Texas to escape prosecution after first telling local officials that they were opening a hunting lodge. This event represents just one instance of polygamyís spread across the country, a spread that could bring Godís Brothel to a neighborhood near you.

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