The Fall of the Apostle: Unveiling the Controversial Church Leader
The Fall of the Apostle is a six-episode sound series that delves into the depths of La Luz del Mundo, a controversial church led by Naasón Joaquín García, known to hundreds of thousands of followers as the apostle of Jesus Christ. After reaching the pinnacle of power, authorities uncovered a never-before-seen side of the so-called “servant of God” and accused him of sexual abuse, pedophilia, human trafficking, and possession of child pornography. This scandal not only shook the church but also paved the way for the liberation of many individuals who had devoted their lives under the promise of eternal salvation.
A Legal Battle of Unprecedented Magnitude
The case triggered an earthquake in La Luz del Mundo and has become the highest-profile legal battle against a Mexican religious leader in history. For his faithful followers, Naasón is the representative of God on Earth. However, for his accusers, he is nothing more than a sexual predator. These two contrasting realities were laid bare in the courts: while the church vehemently defended the innocence and honor of its leader, stories of absolute power, total control over the parishioners, and the extravagant lifestyles of the church’s hierarchy reverberated throughout the courtroom. Breaking the wall of silence that had protected the organization for decades meant risking everything for many, including separation from their families and being thrust into an unfamiliar world.
An Immersive Journey into the Untold Side
The Fall of the Apostle is a podcast produced exclusively for Podimo by EL PAÍS, as part of a journalistic investigation that delves into the extensive political connections of the church and the vast empire built on faith in Mexico, the US, and Latin America. It also sheds light on the stories of those who have bravely raised their voices and sacrificed everything in their pursuit of justice.
Listen to the first episode starting June 21, here. A new installment will be released every two weeks.
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Ilia, and human trafficking. The podcast series explores the rise and fall of Naasón Joaquín García and sheds light on the inner workings of La Luz del Mundo, a religious organization with a global following that claims to be the only true church of Jesus Christ. The podcast uncovers shocking testimonies from former members and investigative journalists, revealing a dark underbelly of the church that was hidden from the public eye. Through interviews and in-depth research, The Fall of the Apostle provides a comprehensive and captivating exploration of the controversial church leader and the devastating impact his actions have had on the church and its followers.
How did the PAA investigation into Naasón Joaquín García and La Luz del Mundo uncover cases of human trafficking related to the organization?
The PAA (Attorney General’s Office of the State of California) investigation into Naasón Joaquín García and La Luz del Mundo uncovered cases of human trafficking related to the organization through various means. Firstly, they received multiple reports and testimonies from alleged victims who claimed to have been sexually abused and exploited within the church. These victims provided detailed accounts of their experiences and identified specific locations where the abuse took place.
Additionally, law enforcement agencies seized electronic devices belonging to the defendants during their arrest, which contained evidence supporting the allegations of human trafficking. These devices contained explicit photographs and videos of victims, as well as text messages and emails discussing the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and minors.
Furthermore, prosecutors presented evidence showing that Naasón Joaquín García instructed his co-defendants to procure young girls and force them into performing sexual acts for his pleasure. The investigation also uncovered a system within the organization that facilitated the recruitment and transportation of victims across international borders.
Overall, the PAA investigation relied on the testimony of victims, electronic evidence, and the cooperation of law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally to uncover cases of human trafficking related to Naasón Joaquín García and La Luz del Mundo.