On March 12, 2010, an excellent article was published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, titled “Scientology insider’s nightmare childhood”.

Toward the end of the article, the article quotes Scientology spokesperson Cyrus Brooks regarding financial compensation of Sea Org members. Excerpt:

Mr Brooks says the Sea Org’s 5,000 members, who are now on dry land, do not get paid.

“We don’t expect a wage and we don’t do it for a wage. We know this before we join and it is a major decision to do so,” he said.

“We understand that we are going to be working almost full time – including a work day, along then with religious studies and practice daily.”

Cyrus Brooks statement raises questions:

Why did David Miscavige, highest ranking Sea Organization officer,  earn $60,065 in 1989, $74,070 in 1990, $62,684 in 1991 and $34,779 in 1992? (Not counting his private residence at Scientology’s Gilman Hot Springs compound, and other perks not otherwise available to other Sea Org members.)

Why are Scientology Registrars (Scientology professional salesmen) paid a commission between 10% and 15% on materials/services/courses sold, in addition to their “regular wages”?

Aren’t they supposed to not be doing it for money, as Cyrus Brooks suggests?

I believe Cyrus Brooks just wanted to take opportunity to impinge the idea in the media that Sea Org members “don’t do it for a wage”, given Marc and Claire Headley‘s lawsuits in the United States regarding slave labor wages while in the employ of the Church of Scientology (the Headleys were minor when they were recruited in the Sea Org).

I am not a lawyer, but those who are seem to think the Headleys have an excellent case against the Church, see Scott Pilutik’s analysis in “Marc Headley v. Church of Scientology International” and “Claire Headley v. CSI, RTC”.

In closing, I will quote a 1983 report from the Ontario Provincial Police:

The greatest asset that SCIENTOLOGY orgs have on a worldwide basis, allowing them to expand, is, with exceptions, the use of largely unqualified and poorly paid staff, a situation akin to slave labor with little or no compensation for employment in a harsh environment. It is the informant’s belief that it is this seldom properly compensated work force which assists SCIENTOLOGY to reap high profits.

[Ref.: Detective Sergeant A. Campini in “INFORMATION TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT”]