Authorities say a Facebook message is what tipped them off about the New Mexico compound raided earlier this month.
A woman who was at the compound is said to have contacted an Islamic counselor in Georgia.
Abdur-Rashid Al-Amin says the private Facebook message he received asked for money “to save myself from starvation.”
Al-Amin demanded proof before sending funds, so the woman provided the location of a nearby gas station.
The info was given to police and the compound was searched on August 3. Eleven children were found there living in filthy conditions.
The five adults found in the compound each face 11 counts of child abuse. They have all pleaded not guilty.