Church of Scientology: Sea Org human trafficking?

 Bombshell allegations came to light Monday that the Church of Scientology is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for violating human trafficking laws. In particular, the allegations are that Sea Org practices may have violated human trafficking laws. Sea Org is a kind of fraternal religious order for the most devoted members of the Church of Scientology.

The allegations come to light in a recently released profile of former Church of Scientology member Canadian writer-director Paul Haggis, a profile written by Lawrence Wright entitled “Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.” 

According to the report the FBI is currently investigating claims that the church pays Sea Org workers as little as $50 per week, uses physical force to keep church members from escaping Scientology compounds, as well as other complaints of mistreatment of church members who try to quit, and allegations that dozens of apostates were confined in “reeducation camps” doing manual labor – sometimes for years.

One scholar reports:

Sea Organization (Sea Org) members can be subject to extremely severe and intrusive punishments through security checks, internal hearings called “Committees of Evidence,” and a forced labor and re-indoctrination program known as the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) and its harshest companion, the RPF’s RPF. Taken together, these harsh and intrusive punishments likely violate a number of human rights clauses as outlined by two United Nations statements.
According to the Church of Scientology website L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in 1952 as a “religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.” 

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