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California church charged with using homeless as slaves Reader 09/11/2019 (Wed) 16:49:38 Id: 56599d [Preview] No. 15166
A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of forced labor of mostly homeless people, a US attorney said.
Imperial Valley Ministries leaders recruited people by promising food and shelter, and instead forced them to beg for money for nine hours a day, six days a week and to give up their welfare benefits "for the financial benefit of the church leaders," prosecutors said in a news release Tuesday that announced the indictment had been unsealed.
The ministry leaders will face charges of conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude and benefits fraud, US Attorney Robert Brewer said.
The ministry operates nondenominational churches and group homes in the United States and Mexico.

Appalling abuse of power'
"The indictment alleges an appalling abuse of power by church officials who preyed on vulnerable homeless people with promises of a warm bed and meals," Brewer said. "These victims were held captive, stripped of their humble financial means, their id, their freedom and their dignity."
The indictment alleges church leaders kept victims inside group homes with deadbolt locks only they had keys to and confiscated IDs such as driver's licenses, immigration papers and passports to prevent victims from escaping.

Victims said they were isolated and closely watched, Tenorio said. They were threatened with punishment for violating house rules, and they weren't allowed to go anywhere unattended, he said.
They were told their children would be taken away from them if they left, Brewer said.
Victims were made to turn over all their belongings, Tenorio said, and the accused church leaders took victims' benefits, such as Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards that allowed the holder to buy food. They then gave them to people not eligible for the benefits, he said.

Victims were refused basic and necessary medical attention, said Scott Brunner, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego field office. That included a diabetic who was refused insulin and even the food needed to control blood sugar levels, said Brewer.

Identifying labor trafficking victims is particularly challenging, Brunner said, because the victims often are isolated and work behind the scenes doing legal work, on farms, in homes, in restaurants and factories.

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https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/us/california-church-forced-labor-trafficking/index.html


Reader 09/11/2019 (Wed) 16:52:13 Id: 56599d [Preview] No.15167 del
they should go after "austin restoration ministries" here in town who have been doing this for decades. sending people out to beg for money and helping them "get sober"
http://www.austinrestorationministries.org/services.html

notice no where on their site do they mention they send people out to "fund-raise" aka panhandle daily
The church built the home they house these folks in via donations. Several large businesses around town furnished it and give regular donations of food, clothing, toiletries, and money for utilities. These same businesses employ these guys as temps and work them like dogs for minimum wages alongside full time workers making more than 3x what these fellows do. The temp agency routes their pay through the church agency that runs the home which takes out money to cover the men's expenses. What expenses I can't imagine as pretty much everything is given to the home through donations. Oh...and they're all sent to the home by court order! They must agree to all this or go to jail. Most were arrested with extremely small amounts of marijuana or sometimes just drug paraphernalia.


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Typical jewCNN. No mention that the pastor was Victor Gonzalez.


Reader 09/13/2019 (Fri) 18:31:06 Id: d795bd [Preview] No.15189 del
>>15166
based


Reader 09/15/2019 (Sun) 22:19:37 Id: 6538d7 [Preview] No.15193 del
>>15166
how many layers it take to find the jew?



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