French authorities have arrested the chief of a multinational tantric yoga organisation on suspicion of indoctrinating girls for sexual exploitation.
The Romanian guru was detained on Tuesday morning throughout a serious police operation throughout the Paris area, in accordance with a French judicial official, who was not authorised to talk publicly about an ongoing investigation.
The French official recognized the person as Gregorian B, whom French media recognized as Gregorian Bivolaru, 71, an internationally recognized yoga trainer and creator.
The investigation into Bivolaru and his yoga federation, the Motion for Religious Integration into the Absolute (Misa), started after experiences of psychological manipulation and sexual exploitation inside the organisation, in accordance with the official. Former Misa members alerted authorities to the alleged abuses.
Bivolaru is being charged with human trafficking, organised kidnapping, rape and organised abuse of weak point by members of a sect, in accordance with French authorities.
The worldwide police company Interpol has issued a discover for Bivolaru’s arrest on behalf of authorities in Finland, the place he’s wished for alleged aggravated trafficking in human beings.
Web sites related to Bivolaru alleged he was the sufferer of a wide-ranging plot to discredit him.
The raids in France concerned 175 law enforcement officials and resulted in 40 different arrests throughout the French capital, Seine-et-Marne, Val-de-Marne and the Alpes-Maritimes.
The operation focused a number of places utilized by the organisation, the place girls had been reportedly indoctrinated and coerced into sexual practices. The places, described as “ashrams”, served as housing for girls chosen by Bivolaru for initiation into Tantric yoga practices, in accordance with French authorities.
Bivolaru, who was convicted of raping a minor in Romania, based Misa in 1990.
The French investigation discovered proof that college students had been coerced into sexual actions that included taking part in specific video chats for financial acquire, in accordance with the judicial official. These alleged actions, purportedly carried out underneath the pretense of Tantric yoga teachings, shaped a part of an intricate system of monetary exploitation and management, the official mentioned.