Megachurch Leader Garcia arrested for Human Trafficking and Child Rape (TIME, June,6th. 2019)

The fundamentalist Christian church, whose name translates to The Light of the World, was founded in 1926 by García’s grandfather. It has been the subject of child sex abuse allegations for years but authorities in Mexico have never filed criminal charges.It has more than 15,000 churches in 58 countries. The church’s followers must adhere to a strict moral code. García — who was a minister in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California  — coerced the victims into performing sex acts by telling them that refusing would be going against God, authorities said.He allegedly forced the victims, who were members of the church, to sexually touch themselves and each other. One of his co-defendants also allegedly took nude photographs of the victims and sent the pictures to García.“Crimes like those alleged in this complaint have no place in our society. ” said California Attorney General “We must not turn a blind eye to sexual violence and trafficking in our state.”David Correa, a spokesperson for the church, has refuted all charges against its leader.Following Garcia’s arrest, around 1,000 of the church’s followers gathered at the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He is being held on $25 million bail in Los Angeles.