You have got to laugh when unquestioning inhabitants of the fictional world most-commonly referred to as 'Amway', start bleating about 'facts.'
50+ years of quantifiable evidence, proves that countless millions of ill-informed (constantly-churning) individuals around the globe have all signed 'contracts' with dozens of fake 'Direct Selling' companies controlled by the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob, and their many copy-cats, in which they (the signatories) were arbitrarily, and falsely, defined as 'Independent Business Owners.' Not one of these ill-informed signatories has had any say in the content of the inflexible, comic-book documents with which they were presented, let alone the quality and price of the (effectively unsaleable) wampum which they were obliged to offer. No matter what certain, deluded individuals steadfastly pretend to be reality, I have yet to see any quantifiable evidence (in the form of indendently-audited accounts) that any ill-informed signatory of a comic-book 'Multilevel Marketing Contract' has ever received an overall material benefit out of running a so called 'Independent Business,' but all these persons were led to believe that it was possible to make money. The few persons who have featured in kitsch 'MLM'propaganda as glowing examples of success to be copied, were either insolvent dupes or wealthy schills whose income secretly derived from illegally peddling over-priced: publications, recordings, esoteric accessories, tickets to meetings, etc., on the pretext that the purchase of these exclusive materials was vital to achieving success in 'MLM.'
In plain language, countless millions of people have all been systematically defrauded. Furthermore, it would be a relatively simple matter to put an end to this ongoing organized-crime phenomenon and convict those responsible, but the political will does not exist in the US, and elsewhere, because too many ill-informed legislators, journalists, law enforcement agents, etc., have been deceived, and/or corrupted, themselves.
The continuing scandal of 'MLM' is a rancid can of worms that no one in authority yet wants to open.