“Kindness into Cash” – exposé of used clothes company Planet Aid – pt. 2

Is it a charity to help the poor, or a group
cashing in on your good intentions? FOX-5 has found evidence linking the controversial
group Planet Aid to what some call a cult. Tonight we’re introducing you to a former member
who says you should think twice before you donate. Tisha Thompson has our FOX-5 investigation. Planet Aid says it’s placed more than 1,000
of its big, yellow bins in the DC area, asking for your clothing donation. But FOX-5 has uncovered evidence linking the charity
to a controversial group that many, including elementary school teacher Jane Doherty, call a cult. I thought it was a travel-study
program for young people. Ten years ago, Doherty says, she signed up
to volunteer in Africa. But instead, she says, she ended up on the streets of Boston,
begging for money. … And we each had to raise in the neighborhood
of $125 a day. We each had to raise that amount in order to go to where we were supposed to be going. That was what they told us:
“you have to meet these goals.” Doherty says she and the other volunteers
were cut off from their friends and family and rarely allowed to sleep. I was becoming less and less myself.
I was becoming less and less lucid. We were, you know, sort of as vulnerable as we could
be so that they could get what they needed from us. Doherty thought she was volunteering for the [Institute for International Cooperation & Development], but says instead she soon realized she
had joined a Danish organization called “Tvind.” I mean, are they a cult, or are they a travel organization for young people? They’re a cult. Cult expert Rick Ross agrees. The group behind Planet Aid — Tvind — has
been on my radar for more than a decade. Ross says Tvind is Planet Aid’s parent organization,
and has all the markings of a cult, including a totalitarian leader named Amdi Pedersen,
who Ross says causes harm by using techniques like sleep deprivation
to get his followers to do his bidding. The organization has a double standard: that
the leaders may live well, but that the volunteers often suffer and live in substandard conditions. Amdi Pedersen can get people to do things
that no rational or sane person would do. Journalist Mike Durham runs
the watchdog group, Tvind Alert. He spoke to us from London using Skype. He can get them to give [him] all [their] money. He can get them to devote all their time
— all their energy — to his cause. He can get them to withdraw
money from a bank in Angola, and stick it in their back pocket
and smuggle it through customs — because he tells them that’s the right thing to do. Even though European authorities have linked Pedersen to Planet Aid in this court document filed in 2002, the charity denies any connection. In a statement to FOX-5, Planet Aid says Pedersen
does not have “any relationship with the organization” and calling it a cult “is a most ridiculous claim” that’s based on “unsupported rumors and allegations.” Planet Aid does admit some of its board members
are Tvind members, but claims out “of the approximately 250
people working with Planet Aid, “less than 5 percent” belong to the group. On its website, Planet Aid says belonging to Tvind
“is a lifestyle choice that may not be for everyone,” and that “anyone is free to
leave the group at any time.” Jane Doherty says she did leave Tvind — just in time. I felt, personally, that I had lost myself entirely, and was about to, sort of,
sign over my whole life to them. She’s now warning others to stay away from
anything connected to Tvind — including Planet Aid. If you give money to them, you are giving
money to a huge international organization that supports a lifestyle that is manipulative
and mistreating of young people. You can see Planet Aid’s complete response
to our investigation by going to our website — myfoxdc.com. As for Pedersen, the Danish government charged him
with tax-fraud and embezzlement in 2002. But he vanished during his trial. Danish authorities say if they ever get their hands
on Pedersen again, he will be prosecuted. Shawn, Brian? Alright, Tisha, thank you. You see those boxes
everywhere. You know, it’s good to be well-informed.

8 thoughts on ““Kindness into Cash” – exposé of used clothes company Planet Aid – pt. 2

  1. FOX Says, So the sheep believe 🙂
    Did this investigative journo's/reporters follow the clothes people droped into a yellow box? did they follow the money it generated? did they visit any of their projects? did they show an secret cam video of cult activities within the walls of tvind or any of their other locations? Did you see sleep depravation?

    I did not see any of this! If you see any let me know!!!!!
    If their is a day FOX decides to be real. letmeknow!

  2. I can’t speak to every FOX story, but it did a good job on this one. I’ve researched Planet Aid and its parent group, Tvind, for 5 years.

    There was, however, an error at 1:21: the reporter mistakenly identifies another alleged Tvind group as "International Institute for Communication and Development." But this nonprofit group in Holland is not tied to Tvind. The reporter meant the similarly named "Institute for International Cooperation and Development" in the USA, said to be Tvind-run.

  3. Where do the clothes go? Well, they don't stay local, but rather are "sold directly to overseas customers," Planet Aid says. Yes, clothes that this nonprofit collects are sold to poor Africans. Worse, the Boston Globe reported in 2002 that when the UK's Charity Commission went to Zambia to follow the clothes donated to Humana UK, Planet Aid's sister organization, it “found six stores selling used shoes and shirts at European prices.”

    Google search: The Secret Life of Clothing Bins – Metropolis

  4. Where does Planet Aid’s money go? Well, for starters, watch Part 1 of FOX’s report, also on this channel.

    Planet Aid conveniently calls its collection and processing of clothes “environmental” program expenses — not fundraising expenses. That would be like Walmart claiming to be a charity because it helps low-income people have a higher standard of living by selling them less expensive merchandise.

    Google search: Charity Watchdog Accuses Planet Aid Of Misleading Its Donors – CBS Los Angeles

  5. No, there aren’t any spy-cam videos of Tvind, as far as we know. But many former Tvind members and students report having experienced abuse and endangerment while with the organization. Some deaths have been reported as well.

    The teacher interviewed in the above FOX report shared her story. If that's not enough, there are numerous other testimonies. Google search: The stories – Humana People-to-People Alert

    Also Google search: Planet Aid's charity work draws worldwide scrutiny – Boston Globe

  6. It started as a danish left radical group in the 70s with the aim of  reducing world poverty. It eventually evolved  into a organizaion  accused of having armory for revolutionary purposes and have engaged in fraudulent. These yellow boxes are eveywhere , but what is really happening ?

  7. I also worked for this Organization for 15 years but my experience with it was horrible. I was even the member of the teachers group, most of the members are evil.

  8. For the latest media reports about charity fraud and related concerns, our news-feed is: https://tinyurl.com/RB4UD-NewsFeed

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