Even when it gets good press, Scientology reminds us that it uses slave labor - 2019-08-19
With two new lawsuits filed and more on the way, and with 'Aftermath' ending in a week, we know that Scientology watchers have been focused on some big news stories with a promise of more to come. But something that we received by email this week reminded us that Scientology watching is not just about the big stories or the big names.
We want to thank the reader who brought to our attention that Scientology had received some glowing press in a trade publication that covers the printing industry. In that world, Scientology's major printing center in the Southern California city of Commerce is a real heavyweight. Called the International Dissemination and Distribution Center, the 185,000 square foot facility expends enormous resources to pump out a huge number of slick brochures, mailers, DVD packaging and more, using state-of-the-art equipment working at dizzying rates, up to 55,000 pages an hour.
It's all operated by Sea Org members, the Scientologists so dedicated that they've signed billion-year contracts and work 112-hour weeks for pennies an hour, when they get paid at all. They work 365 days a year and can go years without seeing their non-Sea Org relatives, simply from their exhausting work schedules.