Scientology Defectors Say Church Hides Abuse
March 7, 2010
A story in today's New York Times details allegations by former members of the Church of Scientology that church officials regularly abuse its staff members. Two scientologists who were recruited as teenagers to work for an elite group of staff members, known as "Sea Org," signed a contract for "a billion years" and worked "seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most."
"The defectors say Sea Org members were repeatedly beaten by the church's chairman, David Miscavige, often during planning meetings; pressured to have abortions; forced to work without sleep on little pay; and held incommunicado if they wanted to leave. The church says the defectors are lying."