Translated from Dutch daily De Pers:
Argentina: court case against cult leaders
‘Cult imprisons women’
By Paul Scheltus
Wednesday 25 June 2008
Two Spanish priests are accused of enslaving women in a small town in Argentina.
‘Blind obedience is not an error.’ The slogan of Servi Trinitatis [Slaves of the Trinity] is clear; as becomes apparent in Argentina, where two priests of the Roman Catholic cult Servi Trinitatis are accused of enslaving young women.
The Spaniards Antonio Martinez and Ricardo Latorreare accused of imprisoning seven women in a house in the small town Santa Rosa. The women hardly eat; their knees are callous from praying; they have handed all their possessions, credit cards included, to the priests.
Omar Gebruers, lawyer of the girls’ families and of ex-denizens in thee house, says this. He wants to see the two priests convicted for enslavement and embezzlement.
‘The girls are not allowed to have meat, milk, or sweets, as these are supposed to lead to “lasciviousness”. They are allowed to have a shower once a week; however, with their clothes on and the lights off’, Gebruers says about the situation …
Though the meals of the rank and file members are extremely simple, the two Spanish priests turn out to be less restrictive about their own eating. A woman who used to live there says that both gentlemen typically dine and wine very luxuriously. A glass of sherry and alcoholic sweets first, then a shrimp cocktail, then ham in a wine sauce. Finally, pears in Port wine. The priests finish the dinner with a loud ‘Viva Franco.’
See also on this scandal, here, in Argentinean daily El Clarín.