Ministry had growing empire before forced-labor charges


K. twelve southern California church leaders are facing charges of forced labor pastors and leaders from imperial valley ministries were arrested yesterday in el Centro San Diego and in Brownsville Texas for forced labor conspiracy document servitude and benefits fraud ministry has about thirty affiliate churches throughout the US and Mexico it runs five group homes in southern California authorities say church leaders locked up and extracted labor from dozens of homeless people the group homes they took their personal belongings and identification documents stole their food stamps and welfare benefits and even threatened to take away their children if they left the group home the victims were also forced to pan handle up to nine hours a day six days a week prosecutors say all known victims have been

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