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Vast raid in France against an international sect of tantric yoga – Libération

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This Tuesday, November 28, the police dismantled a network of the Atman yoga federation and placed 41 people in police custody, including its spiritual leader, Gregorian Bivolaru, suspected of “human trafficking,” “organized gang kidnapping,” “rape.” » and “abuse of weakness in a gang organized by members of a sect”.

French police arrested this morning, in the Paris region, the guru of a multinational tantric yoga company, the Atman yoga federation, accused of indoctrinating the female followers of his organization to sexually exploit them. According to our information, confirmed at Release and to RFI by the Paris prosecutor’s office, Gregorian Bivolaru was arrested during a large-scale operation against his network. 175 police officers intervened simultaneously in Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Val-de-Marne and the Alpes-Maritimes. In total, 41 people were arrested.

The leader of this network which operated under the guise of tantrism, Gregorian Bivolaru, a 71-year-old Romanian, was arrested in a house in Ivry-sur-Seine, in Val-de-Marne, where, according to testimonies of victims, he would have brought his followers for “sexual initiations” of tantric yoga. This guru, already convicted in Romania for rape of a minor and wanted by Interpol for “trafficking in women”, has been the subject of a judicial investigation since July 2023 for “human trafficking”, “organized gang kidnapping”, “rape” And “abuse of weakness in a gang organized by members of a sect”. Bivolaru is considered the “spiritual leader” of the Atman yoga federation, a tantrism galaxy present in around thirty countries, including most European countries. In France, it operates through the Yoga Integral association, present in Paris, Nic

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