"At a crackdown on a religious sect in Brazil, the authorities have discovered the 79 people who worked virtually as slaves. They have withdrawn money for the leaders almost for free."
"– They believe that the world is about to go under and that they can be saved by staying in the sect, says Rodrigo Ramos, labour inspector, to the Thomson Reuters Foundation."
"Members of the sect were found sleeping next to a layer of toxic pesticides. Just a provisional pappvägg between the two areas."
"We felt the smell of pesticides from where they slept," says Rodrigo Ramos."
"the Profits from the farm have gone directly to the leaders of the sect, called Igreja Adventista Remanescente de Laodicea and is based in the capital, Brasilia."
"Several of the leaders will be prosecuted," says Ramos. Authorities are also trying to complete the business on the farm, which, however, is not easy – many of sektmedlemmarna do not want to be saved, and the property is private land."
"Last year, discovered the brazilian authorities 565 suspicious" of another religious sect in the country."