Scientology Kids: Fully Indoctrinated by 18

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On Sunday, we published a disturbing new document which was produced by Scientology recruiters in Australia. It purports to be the testimony of an 18-year-old named Denny Chang, who extols the virtues of Scientology's most hardcore contingent, the Sea Org, and urges other young church members to join.

After talking with experienced former Sea Org members, it's now clear that young Chang, judging by his own words, probably started his career in the elite troop at only 14 or 15 years of age. And now at 18, when his former schoolmates might be heading off to college, Chang is convinced that Scientology provides an answer for everything: "I started to realize that Scientology is really the only way out," he writes.

The mailer Chang appears on was not one of Scientology's advertisements to the general public. It was an e-mail flier sent out to church members -- the Voice regularly obtains such mailers from various Scientology organizations around the US and Australia, and we publish three of them each Sunday morning.

This one was a recruiting notice for the Sea Org, Scientology's elite corps, whose members are required to sign billion-year contracts and serve the church, lifetime after lifetime.

In his testimonial, Chang relates that as he becomes an adult, he's already an experienced Sea Org officer...

I'm 18 years old; I'm already an experienced Professional Course Supervisor and a permanent Class IV auditor. And I'm a Commodore's Messenger Organization staff member.

As we've been reporting lately, recruiting to the Sea Org for very young church members - some as young as ten years old - can be very intense.

Melissa Paris joined the Sea Org at only 15 years of age, and a year later was forced into a marriage she didn't want, she told us in a lengthy interview recently. And if Scientology itself often justifies the way it treats Sea Org members by comparing it to the Jesuits or some other ascetic religious order, the experience of Melissa, her sister Valeska, and many other former Sea Org members we've talked to makes it sound much more like a cheap force of manual labor than anything spiritual. Valeska joined the Sea Org at only 14, and she became suddenly famous last month when her incredible story -- that she was held against her will on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, from 1996 to 2007 -- became public. She urged us also to talk to her younger sister Melissa, who labored for the Sea Org in the UK as a teenager.

Melissa told us that she had worked for four years doing manual labor at L. Ron Hubbard's estate in England -- more than half of it while still a child, under 18 -- for a total of about $40.

I asked Melissa to read Denny Chang's testimony and estimate for me how much time it would take for him to reach his current level of experience.

"Years," she responded. "Pro supervisor is 6 months to a year. Class IV auditor is easily a year and that's studying every day -- he said that he did it on his own time. Probably longer. I'd say he's been in since 14-15 years old if not younger."

I also reached out to another woman who joined the Sea Org very young, Ramana Dienes-Browning, and who knew Valeska Paris on the Freewinds. In her own lengthy interview, Ramana told us that she first visited the ship with her mother, and while her mother was taking classes nearby, Ramana was subject to intense recruiting by older Sea Org members. She relented, and joined the Sea Org at only 15 years of age.

​"The pressure was so intense. And you have to also remember, I'd been raised to be in awe of Sea Org members, to almost fear them. These were L. Ron Hubbard's messengers," she told us in that interview.

I asked Ramana to give me an estimate of how long Denny Chang has been laboring for the Sea Org.

I would say at least two to three years, possibly closer to four. I cannot see him getting from Pro Metering to having completed his Class IV Internship in under this time, specially since he says he was studying outside of post time. This means two and a half hours per day of study. There are loads of variables but this would be my best estimation. This would mean he joined when he was 15 or 16 and possibly younger.

She added that Denny's enthusiastic testimony was actually "so sad."

I would like to hear from our Australian readers, particularly ex-church members. Does anyone know Denny's family? For Ramana and the Paris sisters, it was extremely difficult to resist Sea Org recruiting when they had grown up in the church, and had known nothing else as Scientology kids. Is that the case in the Chang family?

As we wind down this year -- and next week should be very fun with awards we have to give out -- it is still important to recognize that the stories we've been hearing lately from Valeska and Melissa Paris, from Ramana Dienes-Browning, and from so many others who say they were forced into marriages, forced into abortions, and worked like slave labor while still in their teens, are not stories from the distant past. Scientology still very much wants your impressionable child to do its work at pennies on the hour and with utter dedication to an illusory goal -- the "clearing" of the planet.


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Last year Tobin and Childs published an article about a woman who was pressured to abort her child while in the sea org. She resisted and quit the sea org, but remained a client of the Scientology corporation. When her (unaborted) child became a teen the sea org came after the kid and recruited the child that they had once wanted aborted.

"She fought Scientology for the child they wanted to abort"

dodobird
dodobird

Danny has reason to be proud.  He accomplished by age 18 what many Scientologists never accomplish, that of being an auditor.  He was lucky.

Crusader
Crusader

If he was on Pro Metering before he joined the SO, he could have finished his EPF in a month, finished pro metering in a couple more weeks, done his Pro Sup Course in a few weeks and been right onto his Sup internship. But if he really did his Academy Levels in his study time (which I guarantee you, he did NOT. Nobody does. They just say this in promo so it looks like SO members can easily go up the Bridge...it makes parents want their kids to join)...it would take 5 months per Academy Level doing them during study time.

But note, he is not an officer in the SO. Officers have rank on their shoulders. Also, he looks a little shabby in his uniform. He's not a CMO veteran. He's probably been in the SO for 2 or so years. If he was well known among the young crowd in ANZO, they'd want him on some local promo pretty soon after joining.

Thetan- X
Thetan- X

This is a very important video that many of have probably seen. I believe its important because it shows how deeply these young folks have been brain-washed. Watch as Mark Bunker and Bob Minton speak of Xenu, and the young SO members start to run away with their fingers in their ears so they wont hear what mightwrack them with pneumonia and kill them right on the spot!! Please I hope this link works..I know this has been around but IT MUST BE WATCHED, because it demonstrates what the young members of the Sea Org are all about..its quite scary, it really is...please enjoy---: A Trip to Clearwater, Scientology: A Trip to Clearwater - Day ...

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

My heart breaks for these kids who's parents sign them off to be victims at the alter of the Sea Org's abuses.  Great followup Tony, but I'm surprised you didnt also stick in the Scientology Down Under category.

California
California

In addition to the Narconon Drug Education program (see response to MarkStark below), Scientology's second program that is/was used to access young public education students (3rd grade and up) in the U.S., and elsewhere, is Applied Scholastics(AS).

 

Under the No Child Left Behind, Title 1 SupplementalEducation Services (SES) Program, established by the federal department ofeducation in the early 2000’s, many private “tutoring” programs receivedrelatively high payments for their services, Scientology’s Applied Scholasticsamong them. AS was offered in between 10 and 14 states, year after year. 

 

There is no data available to the general public about howmuch money each individual program received, either by state or by year. 

 

The SES program was regarded as problematical by publiceducators virtually from the beginning.  The "tutoring" could and did take place off campus without any supervision by the teachers or school administrators, the tutors (initially) did not have to be credentialed or certified in any way, and there was no data on the efficacy of the program.  Initially, many were "faith-based" and that definition covered much territory.Specifically for SCN:  As the educators were learning that SCN targets the very young within its own ranks, our unease grew and the professionals began to examine this problem in terms of AS in particular and the SES program in general.   Currently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is issuing waivers to states to get out from under the unrealistic testing and SES-if-the-schools/districts-fail mandates.  Almost every state has signed up for the waivers.I would like to see written stories from the naive parents who felt that their children were targeted while receiving public ed AS services, either under SES or summer classes.  In July 29, 2004, the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac summer study class turned out to be Applied Scholastics and the parents were not pleased.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel carried the story, which got national coverage.  The class was halted and not offered again. 

Scientia
Scientia

Tony, is this the same chap? Go to bit DOT ly/vtUBhP Using a translator it's pretty garbled but I'm pretty sure there is a blog entry here about his leaving Taiwan for Sydney (Scientology is mentioned). Another entry hints at "parental opposition" but I can't make it out. Can anyone translate it?

Guest
Guest

In theory, child labor laws could be used to get this stopped.  However, child labor laws work in theory more often than they work in practice.  The laws which protect parental rights are stronger, and with most brainwashing of children it's a matter of parents enabling their fellow cult members. 

People who wish to appear noble can talk all they want about the horrors of child abuse, but if those people want to maintain the respect of our society they'll stop short of demanding progress in helping abused children. 

These tragedies will go on forever, with a few exceptions.  If your parents are willing to sell you out during childhood, just hope you grow up to be one of the exceptions.  

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

Welcome to how CSAInc makes most of its monies(for about the last 5-6yrs). There has previously been instances of VISA violations(deliberate) by Taiwanese scientologists.

But I digress....Google "visadox aao" and find "Scientology Religious Worker Visa application / petition decisions" for June 02-Oct 07

California
California

The second Scientology program that is/was used to accesspublic education students in the U.S., and elsewhere, is Applied Scholastics(AS).

 

Under the No Child Left Behind Title 1 SupplementalEducation Services (SES) Program, established by the federal department ofeducation in the early 2000’s, many private “tutoring” programs receivedrelatively high payments for their services, Scientology’s Applied Scholasticsamong them. AS was offered in between 10 and 14 states year-by-year. 

 

There is no data available to the general public about howmuch money each individual program received, either by state or by year. 

 

The SES program was regarded as problematical by publiceducators virtually from the beginning. Please see Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s comments, about half-waythrough, in

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/vid...exp.nr.duncan.edu.waivers.cnn?hpt=hp_t2

 

He is discussing SES when he talks about the “tutoringprogram.” 

 

And here:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

 

Educational academics also questioned the efficacy of theSES programs and published their peer-reviewed critiques beginning in 2006.

 

Educators and parents concerned about Applied Scholastics didcommunicate with each state department of education and each vulnerable schooldistrict every time Applied Scholastics was found on an approved list, foryears, and with sympathetic members of the federal department of education,especially after Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education. 

 

 

California
California

Back in the day, 2002-2004, when the SF Chronicle and others were beginning to research why and howScientology’s Narconon Drug Education classes were in the San Francisco UnifiedSchool District, people concerned about this issue were quickly tutored aboutthis targeting of the very young to have quasi-leadership or leadershippositions in SCN, including signing billion-year contracts, leaving formaleducation, being isolated from anything approaching a normal environment,including their families, and working very long hours, with minimumcompensation.  Although at thetime, and probably currently, most of the targeting was being done to childrenwhose parents and/or siblings were already in SCN, this targeting of youthdeeply concerned us because the Narconon Drug Education classes were alsotargeting youth and using our public schools to do so.

 

For all 12 excellent SFChronicle Nanette Asimov articles on Narconon Drug Educationclasses  throughout Californiapublic and charter schools at that time [and since 1991], please go to the SF Chronicle archives andpunch in “Narconon.”  The articleswere published from June 9, 2004 through March 2005 and led to the CaliforniaDepartment of Education’s evaluation and Feb. 2005 finding refusal to recommendNarconon Drug Education for California public and charter schools. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at... 

 

This problem was not just localized to the U.S.  The  London Times published its 3-page expose of Narconon DrugEducation  on Janl 7, 2007:

 

http://www.anti-scientologie.c...

 

Why is this pertinent currently?  Because Narconon Drug Education is still trying to accessschool children:

 

 http://pr.officialwire.com/mai...

 

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

Sorry to post off-topic, but something's been bugging me for a while re the Sea Orgers I see walking up Sunset Blvd every morning. They're so easy to spot - cheap black trousers and shoes; they way they walk really hastily like they're always late for something; normally unhealthy-looking. They seem to get dropped of by an old white $cilon bus some distance from where they need to get to, so is this their exercise for the day?

But what really surprises me is how often they seem to be carrying cups of (presumably) coffee from Starbucks. I understand the need for coffee if they're working all the hours possible, but this seems like a real waste of money if they are really getting paid pennies per hour. I don't know that they always get their drinks from Starbucks, but I have seen them several times getting it from there. Perhaps someone could enlighten me. Does the Co$ have an account there or something? Unlikely, but I know, but it just niggles at me every time I see them. Well, that and the fact that I just want to shake them and tell them to wake up and smell the.. erm, coffee.

Nancy
Nancy

It just boggles the mind that kids can be handed over to the cult, to sign billion-year contracts, at which point their education is OVER, their human rights GONE, and they are turned in to slaves of the cult founded by a Satanist.  Way to go, USA.

Kim O'Brien
Kim O'Brien

This stuff is sad, and scary . Did anyone ever see that crazy documentary called "Jesus Camp" ? evangelicals teaching their 5 year olds that gays are bad and that the devil was lurking  behind every corner .I was raised in a huge irish catholic family from boston - uncles were priests...aunts were nuns ...all received communion from the pope - and my nine year old daughter has never set foot in a church in her life . She asked me the other day what a priest was and i was SO PROUD to tell her that she gets to learn all about different religions from all over the world ...when she takes a comparative religions course in college . 

Hitch lives on .........

SFF
SFF

Since that the IRS have rolled over, any chance of getting OSHA or the California DOSHA interested in Gold / PAC base? The Montalvo lawsuit should have given lots of ammunition but there is no way his situation (working hours, conditions, dangerous equipment) is a unique experience.

OSHA can do a workplace inspection with no notice, no warrant needed, etc.

koki raki
koki raki

finally...... my name as - stakoko - don't work any more!?!?!?about this......it is thin line between freedom and madness.....MAD (cult) will say they are just free, and for FREE people ,they will say that they are MAD...

Big hello from Croatia,small part of LRHs Bulgravia....

Paul Jay Salerno
Paul Jay Salerno

Scientology gets exposed daily now as being nothing more than a criminal human rights abuser. People will soon begin to take the law into their own hands.

Clear 5000
Clear 5000

Tony,This is a good post.  The real nightmare is what occurs on the RPF once one is in the SO.For the uninitiated, I am referring to the Rehabilitation Project Force, which is the nightmare of all nightmares.  Here is the breakdown from Wiki:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... This is another good link: http://www.xenu-directory.net/... This last link is from Jeff Hawkin's site.  To get the facts on this out in the openis important as these horrifying human rights violations are ongoing yet still.  http://leavingscientology.word... As a former member (public, not staff) of the "church" for many years, I did not know about this until I left a couple of years ago and started reading voraciously on the subject.  I read much about people I had known and what they went through.   When I was doing courses at Celebrity Center or the Advanced Org. in LA or even Flag, I was shielded from this and it was never observable.  What was observable was disappearing staff members.  Staff members simply gone and then when one would ask about them there was no information.  "Oh, she's on a break for a while." or "He's uplines now" meaning he somewhere so confidential, it cannot be disclosed.  What a bunch of sh..!  What is so disgusting to me is the degradation, humiliation, brainwashing and abuse that occurs within the SO. What is so heartbreaking is the fact that the majority of the people that joined staffed have done so to help. Another fact is the closer one gets to the top of the organization, the worse it gets! Where is Heber?   

MarkStark
MarkStark

Children are the future of Sciloontology and the Sea Org, because disenfranchised college students and other young adults (18+) are becoming too well-informed by the Internet to join the cult.

The Internet is not only a problem for the cult in terms of exposing the history of their founder, their secrets, the way they operate, the experiences of thousands who were trapped for decades, it is also a problem in outstripping Sciloontology by terabytes, in terms of the "help" and "knowledge" it provides.

The problem for the cult will be in trying to separate children from the Internet. In the future, every rational, intelligent human being, before making a commitment to a group, will want to explore information about the that group on the web.

Guest
Guest

It seems clear this kid couldn't have had a normal high-school education, when he is studying Hubbard's copious sci-fi drivel-- full-time-- age 14 - 18.  What a tragic waste of a mind. He didn't have a chance to develop any of the usual rational mental processes taught to students of that age.

Could this happen in the U.S.?  

Nancy
Nancy

So... falling victim to the psycho-babble of a mentally unstable man, a pathologic liar, who practiced satanic rituals, how does that make one lucky?

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

Work this one out...

http: // video (dot) google (dot) com/videoplay?docid=1083100102009309014#docid=-1832600829114037409

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

All right then, that didn't work out so well...please go to google videos and search for Scientology: A Trip to Clearwater - Day ...1

Guest
Guest

How did Applied Scholastics and Narconon Drug Education access American public education so easily in the early 2000's?

Because in 2000, George W. Bush appointed Rod Paige as Secretary of Education and Scientologist John Danielson as the Chief of Staff to Paige.  All three 2008 Tom Cruise viral videos contain segments featuring Danielson and/or the federal department of education under Danielson, including the one of Tom Cruise walking the "Corridors of Power," as the narrator says in the voice-over.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Sure looks like him. I hope we can get a translation.

aida thomas
aida thomas

Because the SO members live a very boring life, with ho happiness in sex, friends, travelling and yes, food...so Starbucks coffee is one of the few pleasures left, they cannot even listend to the radio or watch TV.For them walking to Starbucks and getting coffee would be the equivalent of going to Paris and drink coffee at Les Champs Elysees.

Crusader1
Crusader1

The SO members don't need to save their money, so they spend it all on normal expenses you'd think would be covered by a "religous order". Like dry cleaning, extra uniform parts, soap, food. Also, some guys either have credit cards their parents pay (frowned upon), or get money from their parents (frowned upon), or they have trust funds from their wealthy parents (encouraged, because these SO members can be regged to buy new releases and donate at IAS events).

The Flag Service Org actually had Starbucks management come to CW and witness the 3x daily mass of SO members (otherwise known as "the running of the bulls") heading to the CB for meals, to close them to open a SBUX on that corner.

But anyway, SO members arent expected to have a savings, and so don't really need to save money, and that's why you see them at SBUX.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

I suspect it is a image thing. All is well in our Org, see we can afford Starbucks. The truth is they probably fish a cup out of the trash and then bring it in every day to cult HQ! Look at me, I am important, I got Starbucks! I would settle for them having a brain instead.

Xenu
Xenu

If you're getting full SO pay, you can afford about $1.50 a day in expenditures.  Considering how little sleep most of them get, it's not surprising if some of them would spend their entire paycheck on coffee.

When I was staff, we got to live on coffee AND cigarettes, but Scientology was booming then, and you could still get a cup + a pack for a dollar or so.

mjm
mjm

CA OSHA was paid off by the cult when they inspected Gold Base.

Garry90069
Garry90069

Technically, that is not true. OSHA is empowered to make surprise inspections, but if they tried that at Gold Base, they would get as far as the locked entrance gate and security who would refuse to let them in until Catherine Fraser got there.. which would delay their inspection.. providing time for the cult to take actions to circumvent the inspections. Catherine would probably refuse to let them in and allow their highly paid lawyers deal with OSHA.

koki raki
koki raki

@1da755d11ede49cff3a82c50b1bc7b6c:disqus  - Montalvo is no longer at Beghe....he is in Martys Bar-which means : stay the shut up,take the money,and listen only Marty!and Marty says that Gerry is bad.....Big hello from LRHs Bulgravia....

sketto
sketto

You'd think. But until some serious federal law enforcement gets involved, the church still can keep on keeping on. We need someone in the US like Senator Xenophon in Australia to put some teeth into the fight against Scientology.

California
California

Back in the day, 2002-2004, when the SF Chronicle and others were beginning to research why and how Scientology’s Narconon Drug Education classes were in the San Francisco Unified School District, people concerned about this issue were quickly tutored about this targeting of the very young to have quasi-leadership or leadership positions in SCN, including signing billion-year contracts, leaving formal education, being isolated from anything approaching a normal environment, including their families, and working very long hours, with minimum compensation.  Although at the time, and probably currently, most of the targeting was being done to children whose parents and/or siblings were already in SCN, this targeting of youth deeply concerned us because the Narconon Drug Education classes were also targeting youth and using our public schools to do so. For all 12 excellent SF Chronicle Nanette Asimov articles on Narconon Drug Education classes  throughout California public and charter schools at that time [and since 1991], please go to the SF Chronicle archives and punch in “Narconon.”  The articles were published from June 9, 2004 through March 2005 and led to the California Department of Education’s evaluation and Feb. 2005 finding refusal to recommend Narconon Drug Education for California public and charter schools, which you can find on their web-site. This problem was not just localized to the U.S.  The  London Times published its 3-page expose of Narconon Drug Education  on Jan. 7, 2007. Why is this pertinent currently?  Because Narconon Drug Education is still trying to get access school children in America.  They have begun sending out Narconon PR campaign messages about why U.S. Drug Education has failed, beginning this Fall. 

Xenu
Xenu

I'm guessing that a lot of the kids they're getting now have Internet access that's restricted by their parents in one way or another.  Isolation is the cult's key to retaining the few followers they have left.

Unless we want to settle for merely driving the cult out of Europe and North America, we will need more sites with entheta in Taiwanese, Hindi, Albanian, etc., since so many SO recruits now seem to come from areas where accurate info is scant.

ShellyMiscavige
ShellyMiscavige

I guess the FBI don't have the balls to raid what is clearly a criminal mafia organization.

Just the RPF camps alone would free dozens if not hundreds of elderly and underage victims of this vile cult.

The world is looking at the USA, and especially countries like Russia, Germany and Australia, and asking "what the hell is going on?" because you can bet those countries would clamp down hard on this crap.

Miscavige needs jailing, and the cult needs to be exposed for the sickening crimes in perpetuates in the name of religion.

The fact that in 50 years almost nothing has been done by the authorities in the USA to end this misery is nothing short of disgusting.

anti slime ballz
anti slime ballz

It is happening in the US. I have lost a family member to the sea org recently. The mother proudly sat there and signed her under 18 and under 14 children away. The older one is on post, the younger will be shortly.

Artoo45
Artoo45

But at least the smoking prevented lung cancer . . .

SFF
SFF

Ah well. Still, might actually generate some CA press if they refused to let OSHA investigate allegations of child labor.

MarkStark
MarkStark

They can translate the English sites at school as long as they aren't in a Scilon school. Entheta used to be limited to a few dozen books or articles, and it was easy to demonize as spiritual poison.

Hubbard didn't appear out of the sky from Mars, land on Teegeeack to write Dianutty. Before joining the Sea Org, they should be interested in reading a comprehensive history of Hubbard, as well as people's DETAILED stories of life in the Sea Org, not a brochure, or Sea Org recruiter's version. The better Delphi schools, like the one in Oregon, have got to be a picnic compared to the Sea Org life.

Potential Sea Org recruits should know how many hours a week they will work, what they will be paid, what the living situation will be like, how many days off a year they get, and that there is no pension plan.

They aren't joining the blowhard himself on a grand adventure in the Mediterranean, looking for ancient treasure. They'll be stuck in a sales factory where even the auditors are pressed into selling it.

OSA2
OSA2

Obviously scientology has more dirt on the US government than the government has on the cult.

Clear 5000
Clear 5000

I agree 1000%!  Who is being paid really is the question.  With so many documented atrocities, I'd love to see Tony do a post on the RPF's RPF.  

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

If this happened in Australia, I'd very much like to know the details. If you email be at my gmail account (heathergraceful), I'll give you some referees who can vouch for me.

barbara graham
barbara graham

These minors should be helped. This is just wrong. 14? I was catching snakes in the canyon back then. Fun! More fun than slaving in the SO I dare say.

Guest
Guest

That seems illegal.  Did the father have any say in the matter?

Aren't there child labor and education rules in the U.S.?

Xenu
Xenu

They can translate English language entheta at school, assuming that their school allows them ample access to computers on the Internet, and they are either already fluent in English, or can make sense out of an auto-translator's word salad.  Some of the SO members I've talked to in recent years had a very minimal grasp of English when they were recruited, and were from countries which were poor enough that their schools had few or no networked computers.

I expect they'll move a lot of operations into poorer and/or less informed parts of the world, as they've begun to do already.  I don't recall there being a single org in the Balkans or Asia when I was in, there were a couple of orgs in South Africa, but none elsewhere on the continent.  There was a tiny bit going on in Mexico, but pretty much zip in the remainder of Latin America.  Of course there were none in any of the Slavic countries.  Now those areas include the only places where they've had any recent expansion.  I find it a worrisome trend.

MrElronious
MrElronious

no one would belive anything the cult has to say

Puck
Puck

Davy Miscavige and friends  Have a Gaggle of Restavek Orphans in Haiti being groomed for Sea Org Slavery..the only time tose kids enjoy a break from the indoctrination  Is when the cameras come out for PR purposes.

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