Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Shocking Allegations Of Child Abuse In Lawsuit Filed Against La Luz Del Mundo Church Leaders

5e45f07bb555c5000abe2681-eight.jpg
LAist relies on reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Sochil Martin, a former Luz Del Mundo member, made some shocking allegations against her former church in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The filing in civil court alleges:

  • Martin, when still a child, was beaten
  • She was forced to work for no pay for the church's communications department
  • She was raped hundreds of times over two decades by Apostle Naason Joaquin Garcia and his father, Samuel Joaquin Flores.

At a news conference Thursday in Los Angeles, Martin also alleged church leaders were running a child sex slavery ring.

Garcia, the Mexico-based megachurch's religious leader, was arrested last year in Los Angeles on dozens of felony child rape and human trafficking charges. He has been held without bail in downtown L.A.'s Men's Central Jail since then.

Support for LAist comes from

READ THE FULL STORY: