Ruby Jessop

Winning hearts at the Red Carpet Gala in Palm Beach.

Just a girl herself.

Raising awareness at our human trafficking event with Aida Marcial.

Happy and free to be kids at their  home on the floor of Aunt Flora's.

Hopeful from the day of house hunting with MoviesMakingADifferenceg

NYC after TV appearances before going back to life as usual. lif

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Ruby Jessop (born May 3, 1986) is a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and child bride known for her 2013 escape from an FLDS-controlled polygamous community, and the criminal probe prompted by her escape.

 

Ruby is the sister of author and ex-FLDS member Flora Jessop. In Flora's book, Church of Lies, she recounts how, as a fourteen-year-old, Ruby called her asking to help her escape after learning that she was to be married off to her second cousin and step-brother, Haven Barlow. Flora writes that while the authorities were contacted, they were unable to locate Ruby as she was being moved from place to place to avoid contact with Flora .

 

FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs officiated at the wedding of 14-year-old Ruby and Barlow, who was then in his mid-20s. When the two were married, this made Barlow her brother-in-law, second cousin, step-brother and husband.  The intermarrying of Fundamentalist Mormon members is very common, as families have many members and only people inside the faith are deemed marriageable. While detained in this forced marriage, by the time Ruby was 25, she had given birth to 6 children, all a product of rape.   

 

After Ruby's escape, a press conference was held by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne with Ruby and her sister Flora to announce not only the escape, but a probe into the alleged FLDS practice of holding women against their will and an investigation of the police force in Colorado City.  Horne also intervened and prevented Barlow from keeping Ruby's children away from her.

Shortly after, Ruby and her kids were flown to NYC to be featured on Katie Couric and Anderson Cooper: 360°.  She also appears in Jon Krakauer's non-fiction book Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.

 

Back home life is much less glamorous.  She's been all but forgotten. At 29 years of age, without formal education or any employment history, it is very difficult to find a job to support herself, much less 6 children.  Ruby is working the graveyard shift at a gas station in order to have days free for her kids. But this gives her very little sleep and certainly is a not taking advantage of her talents and abilities, nor time to get her much desired GED.

 

Ruby is fortunate to have such a heroic and supportive sister like Flora. Flora has been housing them all in her small home, but with no room for beds, the children are on the floor.

 

We have found her a house so her children will have beds , but it is extremely difficult working full time at the gas station to handle the rent on a home with even just 3 bedrooms. Let alone all the household expenses.

 

Ruby needs our help, but we need her just as much. She brings so much to our organization, to which those that have had the honor of meeting her at our events will most certainly agree. And with education and training so much more is possible. 

 

Won't you join us? If we can all help out just a little bit on an ongoing monthly basis, we can continue to make a difference in not just Ruby's, but so many lives.

 

Please donate what you can. And I'll keep you posted on the tremendous difference that together we will be making. 's

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