A dozen leaders of a California church are charged with subjecting dozens of homeless people to forced labor . 'Human trafficking robs victims of their most basic human rights,' said FBI agent Scott Brunner.
A dozen members of the ministry, including former pastor Victor Gonzalez, have been charged with conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude and benefit fraud. If found guilty, they face up to 20 years each in prison.
When recruits checked into a group home, they were reportedly required to sign agreements with strict regulations, such such as"you are not to discuss things of the world" and"the only thing to be read is the holy Bible." Phone calls were prohibited and, except on Sundays, recruits were only served two meals a day.
According to the indictments, IVM leaders locked recruits inside the group homes with deadbolts and nailed the windows shut. They also allegedly confiscated driver's licenses, passports and immigration papers to prevent members from leaving. EBT cards were reportedly surrendered and given to other ministry members.
All of the identified victims are now free, said Brewer, and have been connected with specialists to provide assistance with shelter, transportation and any necessary support services.Read more: Newsweek
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