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Texas authorities took swift action in April to find homes and resources for the more than 400 children removed from the Yearning for Zion Ranch located outside Eldorado. The ranch is the headquarters of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints movement, which allows its members to practice polygamy. The FLDS was once headed by Warren Jeffs, who in September 2007 was found guilty on two counts of being an accomplice to rape and is serving a ten-year sentence. The raid on the compound was triggered after a 16-year-old girl phoned authorities to say that she was being abused and that girls as young as 14 were being forced into marriages with much older men. In court documents released April 7, representatives for the religious group called the raid unconstitutional and an “irreparable” desecration.


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