Philippine Church Pastor Charged With Sex Trafficking Girls For 16 Years

Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, centre, pictured with presidential candidates attending his 60th birthday celebration in Davao City, southern Philippines, in 2010. Photo: Reuters

Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, the founder of a megachurch whose headquarters is in the United States, was indicted by a grand jury on sex trafficking young girls ages 12 to 25 for 16 years, but his operation ended in 2018.  

Court records show there are nine victims.  The complaint filed in the United States said that Quiboloy’s victims were considered “pastorals” who cooked his meals, cleaned his houses, massaged him, and traveled with him around the world. Some, as young as 15, were required to have sex with him in what was known as ‘night duty.’

According to records, those who performed the best were given a bonus, such as “good food, luxurious hotel rooms, trips to tourist spots, and annual cash payments,” court officials said in a press release. 

Law enforcement said Quiboloy used physical and verbal abuse threats to force women to engage in sex with them. Other information in the criminal complaint said Ouiboloy is being charged with “conspiracy, sex trafficking of children, sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, marriage fraud, money laundering, cash smuggling, and visa fraud.” Other staffers are also charged with Quiboloy, according to court records.

 

Quiboloy is said to have helped individuals from his county to enter the U.S. by false student visas or fake marriage licenses.  Many of Quiboloy’s former staffers told the Feds that Ouiboloy forced them to work calendar year and that if they did not make their quotas, they would be physically and psychologically abused. 

Records showed Quiboloy, 71, had expensive houses in Hawaii and Las Vegas, and in 1985, he founded the church called Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (KOJC), in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles. He was called “The Appointed Son of God,” and made an outlandish claim that he once stopped a significant earthquake from hitting the southern Philippines. Church staffers said their membership is around six million in 200 countries.

Quiboloy was an advocate of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and the two were known as close friends.   Quiboloy’s official Facebook page photos showed him and Duterte at a dinner where the words: “in a private dinner with close friend and spiritual adviser Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy” were written under one picture.   

Last year, Quiboloy was accused of rape in the Philippines; (his current charges were brought in the U.S. only); however, law enforcement could not uncover solid evidence that linked Quiboloy to improper behavior, and the case was thrown out. At the time of those charges, Quiboloy was accused of “child abuse, trafficking in persons through forced labor, and trafficking in persons through sexual abuse.” 

“We are confident and ready to face whatever is hurled against pastor Quiboloy and the kingdom leaders,” said a lawyer representing the church in a statement. “We trust the process of justice, and we certainly expect the truth to prevail, and the kingdom ministry will continue to prosper.”

Quiboloy is believed to be in Davao City, in the Philippines at this time.

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