Pastor who claimed he was son of God charged with sex trafficking

A Filipino pastor who labelled himself the "son of God" has been charged with sex trafficking.

In a federal indictment released by the US Attorney's Office Central District of California, it claims that Apollo Quiboloy is a rapist and sex trafficker who preyed on those he and his associates brainwashed.

According to the indictment, Quiboloy would force woman, some as young as 12, to have sex with him in what he called "night duty", Sputnik reports.

If they refused they would risk "eternal damnation", it has been reported.

If they managed to escape they would be attacked during sermons and masses broadcast on television, with the clergyman accusing them of sexual promiscuity.

Quiboloy founded the Kingdom of Jesus Christ [KJC] church in 1985 in the Philippines according to court records.

Throughout the years the church has become popular with those in the Philippines and people abroad. According to the KJC website, 6 million people from across 200 countries are members to the church.

According to the indictment, Quiboloy and his associates would traffic members of the church into the US using fraudulent visas and would tell them to solicit money for a charity the church had set up to help children around the world.

The money was then apparently used to pay for church operations and help fund the luxury lifestyle of the church's leaders.

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Court documents also show that the scheme proved to be a success with Quiboloy reportedly owning homes across Hawaii, California and Nevada.

The pastor also founded a television channel in the Philippines, along with the church owning 17 radio stations and two newspapers.

This is not the first time that the Filipino, believed to be 71, has been in trouble with the law.

In 2018 he was arrested in America after federal agents found £350,000 in cash stuffed in socks along with gun parts on his private jet.

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The following year a woman from the Philippines accused him of child abuse, rape and human trafficking.

The indictment says that three defendants, including Apollo Quiboloy, are at large.

Michael Green, an attorney representing Quiboloy, has dismissed all accusations against his client.

This came through an interview with The Washington Post where he claimed the indictment is based on a false testimony from former members of the church.

He said in the interview: "He [Quiboloy] is being accused by people that have lied about him for years. These people are trying to destroy him and the church… We'll defend the case."

He continued: "We are confident and ready to face whatever is hurled against Pastor Quiboloy and the Kingdom leaders."

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