Human trafficking probe into Church of Scientology

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The FBI has reportedly launched a sweeping probe into the controversial Church of Scientology for allegedly being involved in human trafficking.

The investigation includes the cult's mysterious leader David Miscavige. The allegations are that Miscavige allegedly doled out regular beatings to members, The New Yorker reported in its current issue

A former member of the embattled Church of Scientology told the magazine that "the [FBI] investigation had been going on for quite a while."

Another added, "They wanted a full download about the abuse."

The feds are also looking into accusations of "enslavement" in regards to members of Scientology's religious order, known as "Sea Org."

A former member alleged that punishments included being sent to something called the "Hole" - two trailers located on its California compound where anywhere between 80 and 100 people are sent to "do group confessions all day and all night."

The allegations are made in the 28-page article, which also includes an interview with Hollywood screenwriter and former member Paul Haggis, who directed the movie "Crash."

The Church of Scientology has denied the existence of "any place of confinement" at Gold Base, its international headquarters located outside San Jacinto.

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