According to reports, Royall Jenkins and other members of his cult, including his 3 wives, were charged with abuse and unpaid labor for making10 children, some under the age of 8, work without pay during 2000 and 2012.
Court documents say Jenkins ran several businesses from gas stations, bakeries, and restaurants in several states, such as New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, and North Carolina. In 2018, federal Judge Daniel Crabtree called Jenkins’ group a cult.
Even before court filings last week, Jenkins had been accused of psychological manipulation of around 100 of his followers. Jenkins and many of his cult members were said to allow men to bid on women for marriage.
And one such claim is that he influenced some of his followers who were parents to send their children to an unlicensed school in Kansas City, Kansas, called the University of Arts and Logistics of Civilization — an educational system that did not meet the required educational standards.
As part of the indictment, prosecutors said Jenkins and his cult members forced kids to live in “overcrowded dormitories, barracks, or households of adult members who were not related.” Prosecutors also said Jenkins’ cult members forced their victims to eat “bean soup, salad, and occasionally fruit, and frequent cleanses were ordered that included only consuming lemon juice for days.”
In 1978, Jenkins was given the title of spiritual leader when he was part of the Nation of Islam. However, he ended all ties with them, claiming he was abducted by “angels and/or scientists” and brought back to earth to form the United Nation of Islam.
As head of the Untitled Nation of Islam, Jenkins was called “Royall Allah.” And in 2015, the United Nation of Islam changed its name to the Value Creators, as their new goal was to promote restaurants, health products, agriculture, and life coaching.
In 2018, a judge ordered Jenkins to pay one of his former followers, Kendra Ross, $8 million after she told the court she had worked for Jenkins for 10 years with unpaid wages. Ross told the judge that by age 11, she was demanded to cook and provide child care for members of Jenkins’ group.
By age 12, she said she was forced to live in a home with all women cult members. And by the time she was 15, she could no longer attend school because she was required to take a job at a diner. Ross also said Jenkins and members abused her physically and emotionally and similar to other women followers of Jenkins, Ross, now 29, told the court a “psychic doctor” who was part of Jenkins’ cult, forced her to marry a polygamist.
At age 21, she ran from Jenkins’ inhumane treatment and when the judge awarded her the 8 million in damages and restitution, New York Times writer By Christine Hauser wrote, “The amount is believed to be the largest awarded to a single plaintiff in a case of coerced labor, and it highlights the scourge of human trafficking in the United States, which mostly affects young women and girls.”