Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP
Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP
South Korea

South Korea’s secretive Shincheonji church in foreign recruitment drive after Covid-19 exodus

  • Controversial sect hopes foreign recruits can boost its numbers, which may have fallen by 100,000 after a super-spreader incident put the international spotlight on its secretive ways
  • Critics say it tricks people into joining its classes without revealing its identity, while a former recruiter admits preying on foreigners’ love of K-pop

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Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP
Former followers of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus at a rally condemning the group outside the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP
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