Papua New Guinea police are hunting the leader of a sex cult who promised villagers a bumper banana harvest if they engaged in public sex, it was reported on Tuesday.
The man and his followers fled naked into the wilderness when police tried to arrest them over the weekend, the Post Courier newspaper reported.
The newspaper said the villagers in Morobe province, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of the capital Port Moresby, had been promised their banana harvest would increase 10-fold every time they had sex in public.
It said the cult leader was wanted for a range of alleged offences over the past four months, including threatening people and illegal sexual activity.
Inspector Adam Busil said he and officers surrounded the man's hut early on Saturday but he refused to come out, then made a dash for freedom with about seven naked followers.
"He used his two wives as a human shield to avoid being shot at by the policemen," Busil said. "They were called on to surrender but they refused."
He said extra officers were being called in to track down the cultists.