An aerial view of downtown Dayton with the Great Miami River, from 2005. TY GREENLEES/STAFF
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Woman awarded $8M for claims a cult and ‘Supreme Being’ trafficked her in cities including Dayton

More than $8 million has been awarded to a woman who alleged that the spiritual leader of a cult forced her to work without pay for a decade in cities including Dayton.

A federal judge’s ruling in Kansas City on Wednesday said that Kendra Ross worked as a maid, cook and childcare provider in Dayton, Kansas City, Kan., Atlanta, Newark, N.J. and New York until 2012, when she escaped that life.

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Her suit claimed she was the victim of human trafficking at the hands of Royall Jenkins and his group, which calls itself The Value Creators. The Kansas City Star reported that Ross’ lawsuit alleged Jenkins started his group after he was instructed by angels who flew him through space to Earth. He has referred to himself as “The Supreme Being,” the Star reported.

The ruling awarded the payment for pain, emotional distress and punitive damages, the Star reported.

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