Speaking Up for Dignity

Witness testifies about being forced into child labour

Winston Blackmore and James Oler in Canada are facing trial for one count of practicing polygamy each. Perhaps Canadian authorities should follow the lead of their U.S. counterparts and look more closely at the video evidence presented at the Polygamy Reference Trial in Vancouver (2010-2011). Not only did these men according to the witnesses force child labour but the also trafficked children from Utah for labour. The videos can be seen at www.shieldandrefuge.com and click on the “polygamy depositions” link.
Ex-Member: No Ranch Work Meant Ouster From Polygamist Sect

• BY LINDSAY WHITEHURST, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 25, 2016
A federal judge began hearing evidence Monday in a child labor case involving a Utah polygamous sect, including testimony from a former member who says she would have been kicked out of the faith if she didn’t work on a pecan harvest.
Alyssa Bistline said she started work on the pecan ranch at age 13 at the direction of polygamous leaders. She said she was expected to work harvests on and off until she left the sect in 2013.
“I well understood that if I didn’t go, I was in big trouble,” said Bistline, 21. “They said, ‘If you …read more

 

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