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Colorado City-Hildale more commonly known as Colorado City an isolated town straddling the Arizona-Utah border has been home to a vigilant Mormon polygamist sect for approximately eighty-five years Polygamy also called plural marriage is the practice of having more than one spouse at one time In Colorado City men are the ones taking multiple wives Breathtaking mountains towering the boundaries of Colorado City act as thick masonry walls to a fortified fortress These walls conceal a community contaminated by brainwashing male chauvinism and abuse toward women and children Many older male members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints FLDS sexually abuse young children girls in particular In many cases the community will force adolescent girls into marriage with these much older men The FLDS excommunicates young boys for the most minuscule violations Men regard women as mere objects possessions really only to bear children and cater to their every whim women must be subservient Run by one man Warren Jeffs this town holds many dark secrets guarded by its inhabitants After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS banned the practice of polygamy in 1890 a group of Mormons founded Colorado City in 1913 an isolated location where they could continue the practice without persecution Straddling a state border escape would be easy in the event of an invasion by law enforcement In addition the vast mountains shielded the town from the rest of society and its evils For several decades the people of Colorado City practiced polygamy with little interference from outsiders On July 26 1953 troops raided the town in order to prosecute the polygamists under the command of Arizona Governor John Howard Pyle Public sympathy for the polygamists stemmed from newsreels of crying children being torn from their fathers and herded into foster homes As a result several of the polygamist men got off with only a short probation and Pyle lost support
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