Félix Steven Manrique
Spanish woman and baby freed from ‘sect’ in Peruvian jungle
Man arrested after allegedly keeping women as slaves
Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 13:43
Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid
n total, three women and five children were rescued from Mr Manrique, the police said. All were suffering from malnutrition.
“I’ve been sent a photo of her and I didn’t recognise her,” said Maite Rojas of the charity SOS Desaparecidos, which looks for missing people. “She lived . . . in terrible conditions. They were only given food once a week.”
Adriana Vega, the sister of one of the other people rescued, said that Mr Manrique had sexual relations with the women he kept and that he “combined different religions for his own convenience”.
The Spanish media has said that Mr Manrique was the leader of Gnosis Perú, which was described as a “satanic” and “apocalyptic” sect, and it was reported that he called himself “Prince Gurdjeff”. However, Gnosis Perú has issued a statement distancing itself from him, saying that he was only involved with the group for a short time in 2012.
YOUNG SPANISH WOMAN WHO DISAPPEARED LAST YEAR WAS FOUND IN THE PERUVIAN JUNGLE
BY ERMELINDA MAGLIONE ON JULY 6, 2018
Ms Aguilar, from Alicante, went to Peru in January 2017 shortly after turning 18, apparently to join Mr Manrique. Her father said that the two had made contact via the internet when his daughter was 16.
The Peruvian police had been on the trail of Mr Manrique for several months ahead of his arrest.
“This case began in January,” the Peruvian police’s head of people trafficking investigations, José Antonio Capa, told El País newspaper.
“In June we managed to impose restrictive measures on Manrique and 10 days ago a team of eight people were ordered to find and rescue the victims.”
“According to the family’s version, the girl was caught on the Internet by the leader of the Latin American sect Gnosis in Peru. This is Felix Steven Manrique, who calls himself Prince Gurdjeff, and who has also been arrested”, wrote El País.
Aguilar was held captive along with two other women and their children, and they were found living in very bad conditions. They were only given food once a week, according to El País, and were forced to work.
“The first step is the attention to the victims, in health, food and psychological assistance, we have asked for support from the Victims Protection Unit of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and also the Ministry of Women, to assist the children by the high degree of malnutrition they present”, explained the head of the Directorate against Trafficking in Persons to El País.
Hostage of one year of the Manrique sect: a young Spanish woman found in the Peruvian jungle
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July 06, 2018
.."They found her after more than one and a half years with a daughter of a month in arms, in the dangerous peruvian jungle. The young Spaniard Patricia Aguilar, now 19 years old, had fled her home in Elche, Spain, January 7, 2017, just when she was 18 years old....
Released with other women and children, all malnourished and with signs of violence .
Aguilar was located during the operation in which Manrique was captured. The girl was in the heart of the Apurimac Valley, Ene and Mantaro Rios (Vraem), one of the most dangerous areas in Peru, controlled by drug traffickers and the remaining members of the Sendero Luminoso terrorist group. Aguilar and his daughter were rescued with four other minors and two other women who were part of the sect. They were all malnourished and had signs of violence.
.... The girl, however, appeared in several local media and claimed to be with Manrique of his own will
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Aguilar was convinced by Manrique via the Internet to fly to Peru and go with him. The guru's guru, called Gnosis, is alleged to have been chosen to repopulate the earth after the apocalypse and put together a woman's harem.
"This case began in January. Freedom limitation against Manrique, and 10 days ago a group of eight people was sent to locate and rescue the victims," ??said Jose Capa, head of the Peruvian Department of Trafficking in Human Beings, who speaks to the Spanish Journal. Now, the Aguilar family is studying a way to get her daughter back to Spain, for the Peruvian authorities, her daughter is an irregular immigrant with a daughter of Peruvian nationality.
Teen lured to 'apocalyptic jungle cult' FOUND with leader ‘chosen to repopulate Earth'
A TEENAGER who vanished from a Brit holiday hotspot has been found 6,000 miles away in a satanic cult in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest - with a one-month-old baby
Lucy Domachowski / Published 6th July 2018
Patricia Aguilar disappeared from Alicante last year just after her 18th birthday.
Now Peruvian police have arrested a man accused of heading a cult that kept three women – including the teen – as sexual slaves.
Patricia's relatives claim she was lured to Peru through social media after being contacted by the leader of the “Gnosis” sect.
Cult leader Félix Steven Manrique, who goes by Prince Gurdjeff, claims he has been chosen to repopulate the Earth following the apocalypse, which is why he keeps a harem of women, according to Spanish media.
Patricia’s family said Manrique took advantage of emotionally unstable teens who he contacted online.
According to her family, Patricia was feeling vulnerable following the death of a beloved uncle.
That is when she first was in touch with Manrique.
Patricia was found five hours after Manrique’s arrest, inside a house with two other women where she had been placed in charge of five children ages four to 10 – all allegedly fathered by the sect leader.
The children appeared to be suffering from malnutrition, Peruvian authorities said following the rescue operation.
Manrique set up the cult deep in the Amazonian jungle and reportedly never left the house where he held his rituals.
“He would send the women off to work, one of which is currently eight months pregnant,” rescue bosses said.
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