Italian police break up a macrobiotic 'sect'
March 15, 2018
ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have dismantled a macrobiotic "sect" that denied its followers contact with the outside world.
Authorities told reporters Wednesday that followers in the central Marche and Emilia Romagna regions of Italy were manipulated to follow a rigidly controlled diet known as "Ma.Pi." and that the weight of one follower plunged to 35 kilos (77 pounds).
Five persons have been formally put under investigation for alleged maltreatment, tax evasion and criminal organization with the aim of reducing people to slavery.
Police said the probe began in 2013 after a young...
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