Police in Italy have raided what they called a “very powerful” sect, said to be entrenched in several cities across the country, which preyed on young women – many of whom were minors – subjecting them to sex abuse and torture.
The alleged sect was busted after a lengthy two-year probe into the cult’s activities, dubbed ‘Operation Dionysus’, Novara policesaidMonday. Law enforcement carried out dozens of searches across the country over the weekend, mainly in the cities of Italy’s north, including Novara, Milan, Genoa and Pavia.
The sect was led by a 77-year-old man from Novara, one of the cult’s victims told the police. While the identity of the sect leader has not been disclosed, police said that his followers were allowed to call him only“the Doctor”or plainly“Him,”and revered the man as a god of sorts. The cult’s top members referred to themselves as“beasts,”while potential recruits were seen as their“prey.”