How do people get trapped in cults? One tool cults use is emotional and mental coercion to exercise undue influence keeping people stuck in the group. Even without physically holding people prisoner, it is possible to hold them by building a closed system of beliefs and isolating them from other ideas.
ICSA Annual Conference: Victim Impact. Surviving the Cult after 30-years
Based on my investigation into the Zion Society cult in northern Utah where 32 children were rescued after years of sexual abuse by the 120-member group.