Church of Scientology Defeats Human Trafficking Claims Case

Church of Scientology Defeats Human Trafficking Claims Casefrom Reuters: Defectors from the Church of Scientology’s elite ranks cannot use a human-trafficking law to sue the church for alleged forced labor, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday in a test case on the issue. The court rejected two former ministers’ claims that the Church of Scientology committed human-trafficking violations by forcing them to work 100-hour weeks for low pay under the threat of discipline. The Church of Scientology was founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and it describes its practices as a religion. The organization has attracted followers including Tom Cruise, whose recent divorce from Katie Holmes brought the religion into the spotlight, with media reports saying Scientology was central to the breakup.

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