I have never been a Scientologist, nor do I know any. Cults I know; I live near one of the 'ground zero's of the cult the Duggars are in, and have helped countless kids establish their lives as adults, I've made them HS transcripts, helped them learn to make their way in the big bad world, get jobs & driver's licenses, etc. Heartbreaking stuff. I'll always have a soft spot for kids who are victimized by cults and I hate when I can only read about kids in danger like this, when I don't know how to help or stop it. I am naive, I admit. But I feel like this is a huge, under served area that people like me can somehow help the ones who want to escape. (Is "escape" the right word?) Can I ask questions about what I've read about Scientology, that I don't understand? (oh, BTW. I read as a lurker that non Scientologists are welcome here. Great!! Then the random question is impossibly difficult! 'What is the technical "Mecca" of Scientology called?" "I have no idea" wasn't an answer it accepted, nor was "The center for technological perfection". It took me lots of Googling & trying out different things to get the right answer, whew! Why ask such an incredibly hard question, that essentially weeds out all the non Scio background people, if non scio people are welcome here? Ok, back to why I'm here. I've read about the young people who sign 'billion year work contracts' and that concerns me. I've read they are worked like slaves for almost nothing per hour, and fed nothing but beans and rice. How is this legal? Even if someone signs their life away to an employer, Federal minimum wage is just that- a Federally mandated amount an employer must pay (right?) I have experience in management, and I'd get in trouble if I hired people and paid them less than min wage- even if the employee said I could. How do the Scios get away with it? Even if they have the local police in their pocket, they don't have the U.S. Dept of Labor on their payroll as well, do they? Even if they are annoying with their frivolous lawsuits, this is wrong and everyone who is party to this abuse should be behind bars as well as pay back pay for all the billions of hours they have already worked people. Do these indentured servants/ slaves live in Scio buildings? I can't see how they could afford to pay rent otherwise. Are they ever allowed to leave, or are they held captive? There are groups like the (I don't want to list the name of the one I proudly support) that rescues women & kids from sex trafficking. They are completely independent, so not corrupted by bribes, political influence, insiders with contacts in Scientology, etc. I'm sure other groups like that exist too- would it do any good to contact a group like that to investigate, hopefully raid the compound and rescue people and free them from the Scio "jail" (can't remember what it's called)? Have any federal agencies ever been asked to investigate? Why are so many kids still being molested and their minds raped by this cult? Can anyone do anything to help the ones who want to get out? The ones who don't want to be rescued, can't be rescued, but it seems like there are tons of kids being forced to leave school early and spend their lives working for Scios, who would have a tough time getting a job in the real world if they ever did escape, due to their lack of education- again, completely illegal. How can the minors and the adults who changed their minds be led to freedom? How can people help?