According to a report in The New Yorker, the Church of Scientology is under investigation for human trafficking and using free labor – due in part to be able to meet up to the extravagant demands made by its celebrity icon, Tom Cruise.
Hollywood screenwriter and director Paul Haggis left the Church after being a Scientologist for over 30 years. He recently opened up to The New Yorker to reveal some of the Church’s secrets. Other members of the Church were included in The New Yorker feature as well.
Haggis’ reasons for leaving the Church include: The Church supporting of an anti-gay ballot initiative in California (Haggis has two gay daughters), reports of beatings by church leader David Miscavige, reeducation camps, and billion-year contracts for children.
Allegations made against Cruise in the article also involve David Miscavige, the head of the Church and close friend of the actor. Allegedly, Miscavige ordered workers to do manual labor to customize a building, rebuild motorcycles, and much more for both Cruise and the Church.
Their compensation? It seems it was about $50 a week.
Some of the other offensive financial allegations include Miscavige leading a lavish, and expensive, lifestyle although federal law forbids the heads of tax exempt organizations from receiving excess financial or material benefit. Ex-members of the Church say that Miscavige flew on chartered jets, wore custom-made clothing and shoes, had an extensive collection of expensive cars and motorcycles, and even had two private chefs.
And that is not the worst of it. The investigation is also reviewing alleged human trafficking, and even further, accusations of human trafficking and unpaid labor. There is mention in The New Yorker article explores the “reeducation” camps – which Scientologists that fail to live up to their religious duties are sent. One member, Bruce Hines, is saying that he lived in one of such camps for 6 years.
What do you think of these allegations? Do you believe them to be true?
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