‘Slave labor’ alleged at North Carolina Church
Word of Faith Fellowship in back in the news — this time on allegation that it lured young people from Brazil and forced them to work in North Carolina as virtual slaves. The church, based in the small town of Spindale, is the subject of an Associated Press investigation. The sect was founded in 1979 by Jane Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam, a former used car salesman. The church has about 750 members in North Carolina and nearly 2,000 in Brazil and Ghana, with affiliations in Sweden, Scotland and other countries.