How many wives is too many? All but the most sporting of men might say that sometimes one is too many. How many wives can a man truly love and really take care of? How many children can he truly love and care for? If you live in the U.S., the culture and legislation strongly suggest the answer to the question of the number of wives is, and shall remain, one at a time.

I’m a human-traffic hunter, or at least I have fancied myself to be such over the past several years. In the course of my work, I’ve become aware of a group that doesn’t share that widely held perspective on polygamy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they’re a mob of ghoulish folk barricading themselves behind a religious pretense in order to practice their aberrant lifestyle in an area known as Short Creek AZ/UT, otherwise simply known as “the Crik.”

“But polygamy is against the law in the U.S.” I even said so myself. Yes, polygamy is illegal, and yes the Crik crowd is doing it anyway, because screw the U.S. and its oppressive laws. They will do exactly as they please and will not stand for religious persecution. The culture there was established by the self-proclaimed “prophet” Warren Steed Jeffs.

Short Creek, “the Crik,” is actually a settlement that overlaps at the borders of Arizona and Utah.

Oh, him? Yeah, he was arrested by the FBI for charges that spelled out the rape of underaged children. Jeffs was sensible enough to rape his 12-year-old “wife” and record it all. He was even so kind as to keep those recordings in a safe where nooobody would eeever find them. Jeffs had more than 80 “wives” ranging in age from 12 years old to older than 65.