Royall Jenkins, above, ‘spiritual’ leader of an organisation called The Value Creators and a man who likes to be call ‘Allah’, is being sued by a woman who claims she was forced to work without pay for a decade — from the age of 11.
According to this report, Kendra Ross, who is now 26, alleges that until 2012, when she “gathered her courage and strength to escape”, she was the victim of human trafficking at the hands of Royall Jenkins, founder of the United Nation of Islam (UNOI), which later changed its name to The Value Creators.
The suit contends that he subsequently told his followers to refer to him as “Allah on Earth”, “Allah in Person”, or “The Supreme Being”.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Kansas City, estimates that Ross performed many thousands of hours of uncompensated labour for the group, and this report says she is seeking $2.2 million in damages as well as punitive damages.
Ross says was was forced to work in restaurants and as a maid, cook and childcare provider in several cities, including Kansas City, Atlanta, Dayton, Ohio, and New York.
The suit alleges:
The defendants’ actions forced Ms Ross into involuntary servitude, and denied her fundamental rights of freedom, education, basic medical attention and fair pay.
She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and:
Still suffers from the psychological effects of a childhood of trafficking.
Jenkins, who now lives in Arizona, was a member of the Nation of Islam until 1978 when he formed the separate United Nation of Islam (UNOI).
The group’s Facebook profile photo displays the slogan “Wealthful Growth” and shows what appears to be a spaceship shining light on a pile of gold bars.
Jenkins established a small community of followers and businesses in an economically depressed area of Kansas City and later established similar communities in a number of other cities.
The suit alleges that the UNOI used a hierarchical chain of command with Jenkins at the pinnacle.
It employed strict system of discipline, operated its own schools and regulated when and with who members could marry. Ross was married to a group member when she was 20 after a “psychic doctor” determined that they were compatible, according to the suit.
The UNOI also taught a philosophy of the superiority of black males over white males and the superiority of men over women.
UNOI required female members to attend regular women’s meetings, where women learned how to be “good housewives”and how to”submit’ to their husbands”.
Among punishments meted out were fines that had to be paid by female members if they exceeded an “ideal” weight, the suit alleges.
Besides the money she says is owed her for the years of work she was not paid for, her suit seeks compensation for:
Her pain, and suffering of the trafficking and losing her childhood to the defendants, and to punish the defendants for their abhorrent and malicious trafficking practices.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn