Fake Shaman Sentenced To 29 Years For Abusing Women

Story ByMaja Mishevksa, Sub EditorMarija StojkoskaAgencyNewsflash

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A bogus faith healer who drugged and raped women has been jailed for 29 years for his crimes against three women and a minor and the total number of his victims is believed to be more than double.

Colombian national Edgar Orlando Gaitan Chamacho was extradited from Mexico where he was hiding out to face trial in his home country, according to reports.

Gaitan, who was born on 25th December 1958 in the city of Sucre in the central Colombian department of the same name, was accused of taking advantage of the indigenous Carare community from the El Sol Naciente ranch located in La Vega in the central department of Cundinamarca.

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He used Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic brew made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine and other ingredients, to drug his victims.

The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin and is known by a number of different names such as yage.

Gaitan reportedly opened a clinic in the Colombian capital Bogota to sexually abused dozens of women who believed they were being cured of various ailments through indigenous rituals.

The initial allegations were not reported to the police at the time and were handled internally within the community, according to local media.

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The incident first came to light when an underage girl reported the suspect to the local authorities, prompting other victims to come forward, according to reports.

According to her statement, she was sexually abused by the fake shaman four times during yage sessions to cure her ovary cysts.

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