A trio Australian residents and members of Scientology’s “Sea Org” and “Cadet Org” entities have lodged a case against leader David Miscavige and five Scientology-affiliated organizations for alleged child labor, multiple sexual assaults, and human trafficking in a Florida court.
“To this day, there are completely defenseless minors being mistreated by Scientology leadership. Just as I was, they are isolated from family and have no way to protect themselves… Scientology must be held accountable for the human rights abuses and trauma it has inflicted without a shred of remorse,” one of the plaintiffs’ Gawain Baxter said.
The plaintiffs said they spent more than a decade aboard Scientology’s Freewinds cruise ship in the Caribbean and endured years of emotional, physical, and psychological abuse.
Valeska Paris had parents who were Sea Org members, and when she was six years old, she became a part of the “Cadet Org” where she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions as a minor, for over a decade.
The 86-page legal claim details allegations of how children as young as six years old were separated from their parents who relinquished custody to the “Cadet Org” and later “Sea Org”, with family visits limited to once a week.
“Scientology cannot be allowed to continue exploiting the labor of its members and inflicting emotional and physical abuse without facing justice,” said Ted Leopold, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
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