California: Twelve leaders of a US-based Southern California-based church have been arrested for forcibly incarcerating dozens of homeless people. All the victims have been rescued from their clutches. The case came to light when a teenager escaped from them last year and alerted the authorities about it.
The detention was taken from the church’s headquarters, prosecutors said, including the former pastor of the church, who was detained Tuesday in El Centro, California, where the church is headquartered. A case has been filed against them in the US District Court in San Diego. Church officials have been charged with conspiracy, forced labor, and fraud.
Mexican citizens also among the victims,
Assistant US Attorney Christopher Tenorio, said Wednesday that at least five Mexican citizens are among the victims. US Attorney Robert Brewer has described it as the largest case of labor trafficking in California in the last few years. Tenorio said that the matter is between 2013 and 2018. There has been no immediate comment from the church’s ministry.
No comment from the church
Tenorio said the matter is between 2013 and 2018. There has been no immediate comment from the church’s ministry. According to the prosecution, they have opened about 30 churches for the purpose of de-addiction centers in the US and Mexico.
It has been falsely stated that the Rehab facility was lured by the Church with the offer of free food and shelter to the victims. Not only this, but he was also falsely promised to return home in the end. People were locked in the house after attending church. In addition, the driving license and other identification documents of the victims were also seized.