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One of Warren Jeff’s wives escapes with police help

by Jorge Hernandez on October 13, 2011

One of religious sect leader Warren Jeff's wives recently managed to flee the polygamous community known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). Jeffs is currently behind bars and still leading his followers after he was sentenced to life in prison for child sexual assault against one of his many wives.

The community is located in Colorado City, Arizona, near the Utah border. Around 5,000 people live there in seclusion, and Jeffs is believed to have as many as 85 wives who live in the compound. One of them, a 25-year-old woman, sought refuge in building in Hildale, Utah, sheriff's Detective Nate Abbot told The Salt Lake City Tribune.

The location to which she fled was occupied by Willie Jessop, who was once the spokesman for Jeff's sect. Jessop was kicked out of the sect by Jeffs.

Deputies responded when the woman contacted authorities for assistance, but were met with hostility from members of FLDS men outside of Jessop's office. Eventually she was taken to a shelter and is currently receiving counseling and psychiatric care, according to ABC News.

Carolyn Jessop, who also escaped Jeff's sect and wrote a book about her experience, told the news source that this woman's escape indicates that she was desperate while living with Jeffs.

"Things have had to be pretty serious for her, to the point where death was better than living the way she was living," Carolyn Jessop told the news source. "She must have reached a point where it just didn't' matter anymore and was ready to take whatever risks and consequences if she didn't make it." 

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