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Forced Labor

A dozen leaders of Imperial Valley Ministries, including the former pastor, were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with subjecting dozens of mostly homeless people to forced labor, surrender welfare benefits and panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week, for the financial benefit of church leaders, federal prosecutors said in San Diego.

EL CENTRO, Calif. — A dozen leaders of Imperial Valley Ministries, including the former pastor, were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday with subjecting dozens of mostly homeless people to forced labor, surrender welfare benefits and panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week, for the financial benefit of church leaders, federal prosecutors said in San Diego.

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