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Children run back to class following a recess at Mormon Hills School in the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) via CBCIn the wake of British Columbia’s Supreme Court upholding that country’s laws against polygamy a few days ago (WebCite cached article), Canadian authorities are headed to Texas, as the CBC reports, in order to investigate possible trafficking of child brides by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka FLDS) in both countries (cached):

RCMP officers from British Columbia are heading to Texas next month to dig deeper into allegations of child trafficking.

The investigation was launched after U.S. police found documents that described how leaders of a breakaway Mormon sect shuttled children over the border to be married to much older men.

Three years ago, Texas police said they discovered a hidden vault of records when they raided a compound belonging to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Trafficking is a natural — if illegal — consequence of trying to maintain a polygamous community. Such communities require a high ratio of girls to boys, if all the boys are to grow up to have more than one wife. Bringing in child brides is one way to overcome that inconvenient (for them!) demographic reality.

At any rate, an FLDS compound in Bountiful, BC is reportedly involved:

Affidavits filed by B.C.’s attorney general allege the two leaders of separate FLDS sects in Bountiful, B.C. — Winston Blackmore and James Oler — may have been witnesses at U.S. marriage ceremonies involving child brides, may have provided their own daughters or were married themselves to children.

The RCMP won’t divulge who is being investigated, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

“These allegations are historical allegations that occurred in the late ’90s upwards to as late as 2006,” Moskaluk said.

Apparently the God for whom the FLDS prophets claim to speak is somehow not powerful enough to ensure that more girls than boys are born to them. Thus, those prophets are forced to use more worldly means to deal with the matter. Hmmmm. Kinda makes you wonder why their God is so deficient?

Hat tip: Peter at Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.

Photo credit: Jonathan Hayward / Canadian Press, via CBC.

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