Inside the controversial ‘Twelve Tribes’ commune: Man who spent 18 years trapped in a ‘surrendered’ state opens up about how he escaped the secretive religious sect

Source: Daily Mail Or Mathias claims he was subjected to years of physical and psychological abuse Mr Mathias said his 18 years in the sect have left him permanently traumatised The now 26-year-old alleges child abuse is rampant within the communities Original member Andrew McLeod previously said there is no child abuse present By Brittany Chain…

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Or Mathias breaks 18-year silence on life inside Twelve Tribes sect He spent 18 years as a member of a secretive NSW sect — his earliest memory being beaten 15 times a day with a bamboo stick. Or Mathias lifts the lid on what really happens to members

… INTERACTIVE: INSIDE THE SECT Source: Daily Telegraph Sect accused of using ‘slave labour’ to run cafes ‘I’m not coming back’: Mum’s brave escape Or Mathias’s earliest memory of growing up in the Twelve Tribes is being beaten 15 times on the buttocks with a bamboo stick. He wasn’t allowed to be comforted by his…

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Green Beauty Manufacturer Investigated for Using Child Labor

Source: Well insiders Amy Flyntz June 25, 2018 For many green beauty brands, a retail launch means initially putting forth products that have been formulated by the founder’s own hands. As the brand grows, manufacturing may be outsourced, making transparency and accountability further removed and murkier to navigate. This appears to be the case for…

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How Inside Edition Producer Went Undercover to Expose Suspected Child Labor at New York Commune

Source: Inside Edition 7 June 2018 What does it take to go undercover to investigate suspected wrongdoings? Inside Edition producer Zara Lockshin was assigned to investigate claims of child labor at businesses owned by a religious sect called the Twelve Tribes. She discovered children as young as 6 working at the group’s farm in Cambridge, N.Y….

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Twelve Tribes community pushes back against labor violation accusations

Source: WNYT News Channel 13 June 06, 2018 04:29 PM CAMBRIDGE – The Twelve Tribes community in Cambridge is pushing back against labor violations state investigators say they found involving minors. NewsChannel 13 went back to the commune Wednesday. Members say there weren’t 12 people, let alone 12 children at the Common Sense Packaging Facility…

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State finds ‘multiple’ child labor law violations at Twelve Tribes Farm

Source: TimesUnion Inside Edition first exposed potential child workers at Cambridge cosmetics factory By Larry Rulison Updated 7:23 am, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 CAMBRIDGE — The state Labor Department found multiple violations of state child labor laws at the Common Sense Farm in Washington County after visiting the Twelve Tribes commune on Monday following an “Inside…

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Investigators find child labor violations by commune

Source: Associated Press Fox News CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. –  State investigators have found child labor law violations involving 12 minors working at a cosmetics packaging shop run by a New York religious community and are expanding their probe to eight other sites affiliated with the group, officials said Tuesday. State labor department investigators visited the Twelve…

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Brands, Retailers And Influencers React To Alleged Labor Law Violations At An Organic Personal Care Factory

Source: Beauty Independent June 5, 2018 Brand Report Rachel Brown Claire McCormack Amanda West Reade Despite increasing demand for transparency, there remains a veil of secrecy separating beauty consumers from the factories making the beauty products they purchase. When that veil is lifted, the picture can be unsettling as Inside Edition reporting last Friday exposing…

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Department of Labor Finds Multiple Child Labor Violations at Common Sense Farm as a Result of Twelve Tribes Investigation

Source: Department of Labor (DOL) Violations could result in tens of thousands of dollars in fines Eight Additional Investigations Opened for Other Twelve Tribes Entities in NY Albany, NY (June 05, 2018) – Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon today announced the preliminary results of an ongoing investigation into the Twelve Tribes community located in Cambridge, NY,…

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