The Cult of Debt Forgiveness

VICE Indonesia investigates Swissindo World Trust International Orbit, a bizarre cult that attracted a global following by promising to wipe away its followers' debts.

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Feb 8 2018, 5:19pm

The Indonesian cult Swissindo World Trust International Orbit has attracted a global following by promising to magically make debt disappear—a power rooted in a thorny conspiracy theory involving everything from ancient kingdoms to JFK’s assassination.

On this episode of VICE INTL, VICE Indonesia went inside the bizarre organization to see how it operates, touring its compound, meeting its mysterious leader "M1," and asking his followers what drew them to Swissindo—along with what led one former devotee to abandon the cult.

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