MORE than 100 religious cults and fake healers could be operating on the Costa del Sol.
The area has been considered a hotspot for sects as the large numbers of immigrants bring ‘destructive beliefs’, a specialised association reported.
The Iberian-American Association for Psychological Abuse Investigation (Aiiap) studies all forms of psychological abuse from school bullying to internet scams.
Aiiap president Jose Miguel Cuevas said: “On the Costa del Sol there are a large number of pyramid-scheme scam sects and unofficial psychologists promising that they can heal any sort of illness,”
In the pyramid schemes naïve recruits are either fleeced of their savings or work for nothing with bosses creaming off any profits.
He also warned that one way sects are using to capture new members is handing out flyers on the University of Malaga campus. For instance, Journalism students were invited to join a radio station only to find out it was run by a sect.
A conference on the sects topic will be held today (Thursday) at MalagaUniversity’s Faculty of Psychology, at 12.30 pm.