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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 03:51 PM

12 Church Leaders Accused of Forcing Homeless People into Slavery for Money

Twelve church leaders were charged with a massive labor trafficking scheme that involved forcing homeless people to panhandle as a way of raising money for the church.

Turns out the pastors at Imperial Valley Ministries, a non-denominational church in El Centro, California, held homeless people as slaves, threatening to take away their kids if they didn’t cooperate.

We know all this because of an indictment from August against IVM’s pastors, including Pastor Victor Gonzalez, which was just unsealed yesterday.
“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,” said U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer. “These victims were held captive, stripped of their humble financial means, their identification, their freedom and their dignity.”

Defendants are alleged to have extorted the surrender of participants’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards obtained through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), administered by the CalFresh Program, by using actual and threatened fear of economic loss. The IVM leaders allegedly then used the SNAP benefits for improper purposes, including providing them to ineligible persons, and improperly instructing the intended recipients to not seek or accept outside employment.

Many of the victims said they were held against their will at the church’s treatment homes, including those that didn’t require drug therapy at all. Brewer said this was “the most significant labor trafficking prosecution in this district in many years.”

All the victims are now free and receiving care. The defendants include a dozen IVM leaders ranging from ages 29 to 52. If convicted, they all stand to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/09/11/12-church-leaders-accused-of-forcing-homeless-people-into-slavery-for-money/



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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 04:24 PM

1. "NOT MY BIBL..."

Oh, wait. The Bible says slavery is for totes OK.

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Response to Act_of_Reparation (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 12, 2019, 11:54 AM

5. Just don't beat them too much, like Jesus said.

Or was that allegorical Jesus speaking?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 04:30 PM

2. Despicable. What can one say with regard to these people taking advantage of those down...

on their luck/etc. I hope that the 'book' gets thrown at each and everyone of these scumbags.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:01 PM

3. WWJD?

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Response to AJT (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:17 PM

4. Trouble is, they'll just say, "what would his dad do?"

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