Saturday, December 10, 2005
U.S.and Canadian prosecutors agreed Thursday to co-operate in pursuing allegations of sexual exploitation by a polygamist group that has settlements in both countries. Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff met with officials in British Columbia, who are under pressure to join the United States in a crackdown on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Men in the FLDS need three wives to enter highest realm of heaven, according to the group's teachings. Polygamy is illegal in both countries but still practiced by religious sects that broke away from the Mormon church, such as the FLDS, which is believed to have about 10,000 members in Utah, Arizona, Texas and British Columbia. Source: Allan Dowd, news.yahoo.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 10, 2005, reo).