The Yearning for Zion (YFZ) Ranch, a polygamist community in Eldorado, Texas, made national headlines
in March 2008 when armed authorities raided the community. Authorities had been tipped off by a phone call claiming the 16-year-old caller was being abused by her husband, a 50-year-old man. Child protective services removed more than 400 children from their homes as investigations continued, but two months later the Texas Supreme Court sent all but one of the children back
to their homes, citing lack of evidence of abuse.
Ten months after the children have returned home, Oprah is going behind the gates of the YFZ Ranch to see for herself what life there is like. "Texas state officials say the ranch was a place where child abuse was rampant and young girls were forced into polygamist marriages," Oprah says. "The people who live here say, while yes, they do believe in plural marriages, they say they are not forced to marry anyone."
Published on March 30, 2009