May 02, 2022

Three individuals raised in Scientology are suing the church, its leader and several affiliated corporations claiming they violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act by forcing them to work in abusive conditions without pay aboard the church's cruise vessel and at its headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.

In a suit filed Thursday in federal court in Tampa, Florida, three plaintiffs — Gawain Baxter, Laura Baxter and Valeska Paris — say they were brought up in "a world filled with abuse, violence, intimidation and fear" and forced to provide unpaid and extremely low-paid labor like landscaping, food service and janitorial work beginning as young as 10 years old.

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Cohen Milstein’s Theodore J. LeopoldManuel J. Dominguez, and Brendan Schneiderman are representing three individuals in a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and five Scientology-affiliated corporations for violations of the United States Code Chapter 77 of Title 18 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Read the complete case study for more information on Baxter, et. al. v. Church of Scientology International.