Former Scientologist exposes brutal church-run child labor camp the 'Ranch' - 2013-03-17
A new book by Jenna Miscavige Hill, a former member and outspoken critic of the Church of Scientology, reveals secrets and details the tough conditions for child members of the religious order. But the group's spokesperson lambasted the book, calling the claims false.
Released in February, "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," written by Miscavige Hill, the estranged niece of powerful church leader David Miscavige, claims the church-run "Ranch" in the desert near San Jacinto, Calif. was little more than a child labor camp with deplorable conditions.
"The conditions we worked under would have been tough for a grown man, and yet any complaints, backflashing (Scientology term for talking back), any kind of questioning was instantly met with disciplinary action," she said.