What kind of a person do you have to be to get taken in and abused by a religious cult?
According to a piece in The Jerusalem Post that cites Britain’s Cult Information Center,
[P]eople in cults tend to be “intelligent, idealistic, well-educated, economically advantaged, intellectually or spiritually curious, and any age.”
Then again (in a bit of a contradiction),
Cult recruitment techniques work equally effectively on PhD holders or high-school drop-outs.
The paper also notes that
The Haredi world, with its emphasis on belief in a charismatic leader, complete obedience and discipline, leaves many of those searching for a deeper religious experience particularly susceptible.
As an example, there’s the incredible case of Goel Ratzon, a serial sex abuser who recently got his comeuppance.