Leaders of California ministry charged with forced labor

A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry were arrested on charges that they used homeless people as forced labor, holding…

A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry were arrested on charges that they used homeless people as forced labor, holding them in locked group homes and forcing them to panhandle up to nine hours a day, six days a week, U.S. prosecutors said. The former pastor of Imperial Valley Ministries, Victor Gonzalez, and the others were arrested in San Diego, El Centro, California, and Brownsville, Texas. They face charges of conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude and benefits fraud.

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