Italy police break up macrobiotics slavery 'sect'

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Police in Italy say they have broken up a "psycho sect" that enslaved members by forcing them to adhere to a strict macrobiotic diet and cut off contact with the outside world.

Five people are under investigation over allegations including maltreatment and tax evasion.

Among the suspects is a business mogul who is accused of manipulating followers of the diet he created.

Mario Pianesi reportedly told victims Ma.Pi. would provide miracle cures.

The investigation started in 2013 after a young woman left the sect and denounced its head to police.

They found that as well as having to pay for the diet and give donations, members were coerced into working long hours with next to no pay.

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