From The Raw Story in the USA:
Church of Scientology investigated over ‘slave labor’: report
By Daniel Tencer
Monday, February 7th, 2011
The FBI is investigating the Church of Scientology over allegations its practices may have violated human trafficking laws, a news report states.
According to a profile of filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis in the New Yorker, the FBI is running an ongoing investigation into claims the church pays some of its workers as little as $50 per week, forces children into “billion-year” contracts and sometimes uses physical force to keep church members from escaping Scientology compounds.
The allegations center around Sea Org, a religious order inside the church whose 6,000 members are used by the church as labor, including maintenance of church properties.
In a 2009 expose, the St. Petersburg Times reported on former church spokesman Mike Rinder, who alleged Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige beat him on numerous occasions and that violence was generally encouraged as a means of maintaining church law.
It was around that time, the New Yorker reported, that the FBI began probing allegations against the church.
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USA: Slave-Like Labor Persists in the Coachella Valley. Evaggelos Vallianatos, Truthout: “On February 11, 2011, I joined a small number of professors and students of Pomona College for a day’s field trip to Coachella Valley in Southern California. In 2007, some 350 Coachella agribusiness companies earned $486 million from cultivating grapes, citrus, dates and vegetables in 56,453 acres. The professors and students, under the leadership of the outstanding professor of documentary photography and art, Sheila Pinkel, were planning to photograph farm workers harvesting crops. I wanted to see farm workers in the fields of agribusiness. I was curious whether their work today is any less hazardous or arduous than what it had been in the late 1970s and 1980s when I studied them”: here.