by Michael Winter
Planning for the future offspring for his sect, imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has reportedly ordered all of his 10,000 followers to stop having sex except for 15 men and the women they choose, ABC News reports.
Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter-day Saints, a Mormon breakaway sect, is serving a life sentence in Texas for his 2011 conviction for bigamy and for having had sex with two girls, one 15 and the other 12. DNA showed he fathered a child with the 15-year-old.
The sex ban was issued from prison and covers married couples, former members told ABC's Salt Lake City affiliate. No FLDS woman can refuse if she is "called" by one of the elite 15, one former member said.
"Women have been reduced to nothing more than breeding stock," she said. The station writes she "escaped the group years ago but still has loved ones who are members."
Most remaining members live in Hilldale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. Today, the Justice Department sued those towns, claiming that they discriminate against non-sect members and are enforcing edicts issued by Jeffs.