Couple indicted on human trafficking charges for running 'gay conversion therapy' camp

Couple accused of trafficking underage boys and forcing them into labour services from their “home for troubled boys”, a gay conversion therapy camp.

Mugshots of Gary and Meghan Wiggins, couple indicted on human trafficking charges after gay conversion therapy camp raid.

Gary Wiggins and his wife Meghan Wiggins have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of human trafficking through one of their multiple “religious homes” which operated as a ‘gay conversion therapy‘ camp for young boys.

The Wiggins, who ran multiple ‘gay conversion therapy’ camps, previously having relocated from the state of Missouri to evade similar charges, are both being held on $100,000 bond following last years raid on their “Joshua Home” operation in Burnet County, Texas. These charges come a year after the May 2018 raid where eight boys between the ages of 10 and 17 were removed from the home and temporarily placed in CPS custody. 

Based off the boys’ statements at the time the couple could not be held on any offences, however recently investigators tracked down both Gary and Meghan Wiggins in Alabama, where the pair had previously run similar camps, brought them back to Burnet County for investigation.

Previous accusations of abuse had been made towards the couple with a 20/20 investigation focusing on their ‘Blessed Hope Boys Academy’ in Alabama with boys who had been sent there speaking out about the various conversion therapy tactics used in addition to forced exercise, the withholding of food and solitary confinement. 

Lucas Greenfield, whose mother sent him to the ‘Blessed Hope Boys Academy’ for ‘gay conversion therapy’ reported on Gary Wiggins threats to “get the demon out of [him]” and “make [him] straight” to police in 2016.  He further commented on the physical abuse he was subject to at the hands of Wiggins to 20/20 in 2017 stating he was beaten with a belt. A former teacher at the ‘Blessed Hope Boys Academy’ backed up Greenfields claims of abuse and stated that they witnessed attempts to “de-gay” and “convert” the boys in the camp.

The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office announced the couples arrest on their official Facebook page on August 19 stating that: “On August 6, 2019, a Burnet County grand jury indicted 49 year-old Gary Dwayne Wiggins and 34 year-old Meghann Shereen Wiggins after evidence was presented from an extensive investigation into their operation of the Joshua Home for boys in Burnet County, Texas.” 

Both Gary and Meghan Wiggins were indicted on the First Degree Felony charge of one count each of trafficking of persons: continuous, a violation of Texas Penal Code 20A.03 (e) with bail being set at $100,000 each. The couple remains in custody, and there is no further information on the proceedings at this time. 

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