Erin HNN (as reported by national news)
Just days after helping to bring down a Brazilian “faith healer”, Sabrina Bittencourt, 38, allegedly took her own life in her Barcelona home. Bittencourt accused John of God – real name Joao Teixeira de Faria- of running a sex slave farm and testified that young girls “were held captive in a farming operation which exported babies on the black market.”1
“More than 600 women have accused John of God – real name Joao Teixeira de Faria – of sexually abusing them during so-called healing sessions. He was arrested in his homeland of Brazil in December and remanded in prison before being charged with rape and sexual assault.”2
After accusing Faria, Bittencourt left Brazil and lived under protection after having received death threats.
Her eldest son Gabriel Baum confirmed her death on Facebook saying,
“She took the last step so that we could live. They killed my mother.”
We are so sad for his loss. We cannot imagine.
Before her death, Bittencourt was quoted as saying:
“Hundreds of girls were enslaved over years, lived on farms in Goias, served as wombs to get pregnant, for their babies to be sold. These girls were murdered after 10 years of giving birth. We have got a number of testimonies.”1
According to her, she had received reports of babies being sold for between £15,000 and £40,000 in Europe, Australia, and the U.S.
Police mugshot: John of God denies all of the charges against him.
The “faith healer”‘s work caught the attention of all kinds of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey who interviewed him on the grounds of his clinic in 2010 (Faria pictured below with Oprah). But she wasn’t the only one: we will have more photos of him soon, including with people like the Clintons and supermodel Naomi Campbell.