The number one question Oprah received after visiting the Yearning for Zion Ranch was, "Where are all the teenage boys?" Though Oprah saw some young men walking around the compound, Carolyn says many are sent away at a young age.

Carolyn says this practice began when Warren Jeffs became the FLDS leader. "He started marrying a lot more girls into plural marriages," she says. "His father ended up having 60 wives. Men who in this society had more power were given more wives. Then, it created more of a demand and need for the female population, so more of the boys were sent away."

Where do they go? Carolyn says some young men are sent to big cities and told never to come home. 

The FLDS denies that any boys are sent away.


Next Story