#minorsextrafficking | Keep Sweet: Fans of chilling Netflix Mormon sex cult series should try this documentary

The true crime documentary ‘Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey’ has proved a surprising hit on Netflix, but many fans horrified by the actions of “prophet” Warren Jeffs have been left wanting more

Netflix’s true crime series Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey has shocked fans with its story of male manipulation, coercion, and sexual exploitation.

Viewers of the popular Netflix true crime series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey, which fans have called “traumatising” and “disturbing as hell”, have been recommending more content for anyone who wants to know more about the fundamentalist Mormon polygamous cult-turned sex trafficking ring.

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey is the story behind the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS, a centuries-old Utah Mormon sect that split with the main church when they outlawed having multiple wives. Over the course of the four-part series, survivors recount how one man, the “prophet” Warren Jeffs, used his messianic power to force young girls to marry his faithful lieutenants.

The survivors retell how the Mormon splinter group told its followers that the only way into heaven was for women to be obedient and for men to hold at least three wives. Women were barred from education and could be married off by Jeffs at will to the men who kept him in power.

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Women and children from the YFZ Ranch, the compound built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, are moved by bus to San Angelo, Texas, on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Authorities are investigating allegations of child abuse.


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The insular cult, where single families would regularly have more than 30 children, told women to pray every hour, what to wear and even how to braid their hair. Through the FLDS’ victims’ testimony, viewers have described feeling “ill” as women lay out how Jeffs created a 10,000 strong polygamy cult in plain sight of police and politicians; how his Stalin-esque grip on his followers allowed him to get away with his crimes for decades.

One Twitter reviewer said: “I’m 20 minutes into the Keep Sweet: Pray & Obey documentary and I feel ill, these men deserve hell,” while another said “Keep Sweet is a reminder that men will make up any f****** religion to be able to control women and be able to have 23 wives.”

Fans who were dumbstruck by the astounding true crime story have been recommended to try out the documentary Prophet’s Prey by crime connoisseurs. One Twitter user said the film has “much more detail” about Jeffs’ actions and perversions, while another wrote: “If you haven’t seen Prophet’s Prey on Showtime about this it’s a must watch.”

LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 31: Warren Jeffs (C) is held by two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT officers during his extradition hearing in Las Vegas Justice Court at the Regional Justice Center August 31, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Someone else said: “Showtime has a documentary about this same subject and has a lot of the same people. It came out years ago but still pretty relevant. It’s called Prophet’s Prey .”

A synopsis for Prophet’s Prey states: “Filmmaker Amy Berg sheds light on the sexual, financial and spiritual abuses heaped upon members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by their former leader, Warren Jeffs.”

Prophet’s Prey has a 93 per cent rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes and can be purchased through Amazon Prime. So if Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey has left you horrified but wanting more, there is still more in the Warren Jeffs tale.

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