Tampa Bay Times | FBI’s Scientology investigation: Balancing the First Amendment with charges of abuse and forced labor
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Isolated work sites. Limited communication with the outside. Psychological pressure to obey. Guards poised to chase after runaways.
The Church of Scientology imposes a raft of restrictions and mental controls on its religious workers, who grind on, abiding 100-hour work weeks.
In mid-2009, two FBI agents based in Los Angeles quietly started investigating the church’s treatment of its workers. Investigators continued through 2010 and into 2011. It was the FBI’s first known criminal investigation of Scientology in 30 years.
The agents focused on possible human trafficking — obtaining labor by force or the threat of force.
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Once again Tom Tobin and Joe Childs demonstrate their courage and persistence to deliver a blockbuster of investigative journalism. Thank you so much for Doing something about it.
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