Brazil branches of US-based church target of numerous probes

FILE – This Feb. 2016 file photo shows Andre Oliveira, in Spindale, N.C, a former employee of Stylofino, a Brazilian picture-framing factory is owned by members of Rhema Community Evangelical Ministry, which is affiliated with Word of Faith Fellowship. Oliveira said he started at the factory in 2007 while still in high school and continued into 2009 about eight months after graduating, working almost every day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for no pay. “I never received even a cent,” said Oliviera. He said he feared that refusing to work would have led to being kicked out of church or “blasting,” a practice in which followers surround a congregant and scream, often for hours. (AP Photo/Mitch Weiss, File)


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