Forced Panhandling: by Anna Waldherr

Thank you, Anna. Reblogged At Sunnyside.

“The Old Beggar” by Louis Dewar (1916)

Leaders of the non-denominational Imperial Valley Ministries appear to have devised a new form of clergy abuse.  They are alleged to have imprisoned dozens of homeless, forcing them to panhandle 9 hours/day on the church’s behalf [1].

The church’s programs are billed as drug rehabilitation.  Destitute men and women were lured with offers of free food and shelter, along with promises of the funds to return home.  Instead, victims were required to adhere to strict rules, and denied food if they disobeyed.

Church members held them captive in group homes with deadbolts, taking their identification documents from them.  In some locations, windows were, also, nailed shut.

Meanwhile, church leaders stole Food Stamps and Welfare benefits from victims, threatening to remove children, if their parents tried to leave.  Others were told their loved ones had abandoned them and only God loved them.

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. simplywendi says:

    nice to “see” you again! 🙂 hope you are well.

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    1. Wendi, so glad to hear from you. I am well, thank you, but still with little time for my fun here, and I miss all my blogging friends. Still working on doing better here..❤️😎

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  2. Thank you so much for the reblog. ❤

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