Scientology's Cruise Ship as Prison: The Voice Interviews Valeska Paris (UPDATED and CORRECTED)

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NEW: Valeska's sister Melissa Paris tells her own story of imprisonment and unpaid, underaged labor in Scientology's Sea Org.

ALSO: Our interview with Ramana Dienes-Browning, who knew Valeska Paris on the Freewinds and has her own story of hellish treatment.

ALSO: A slideshow of Scientology celebrities who partied on the Freewinds while Valeska Paris was being held on board against her will.

Yesterday, a story about an Australian woman who says she was held for 12 years against her will aboard Scientology's floating cathedral and cruise ship Freewinds hit the Scientology-watching world like a depth charge.

Last night, we had a lengthy conversation over Skype with Valeska Paris, and learned much more about her upbringing in Scientology, her time on the ship, and in particular, what it was like when church leader David Miscavige brought aboard his best pal, Tom Cruise, for the actor's big birthday celebration in 2004.

We also talked about how she decided to speak out even though she had previously signed confidentiality agreements with the notoriously litigious church.

"They're cowards. They always threaten, but they never follow it up," she says.

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Valeska, with Declan
Valeska left the Freewinds in 2007, and later left Scientology itself. In 2010 she first went public with her defection at the blog of former high-ranking Scientology executive Marty Rathbun. Then, yesterday, she appeared on the Australian network ABC's program Lateline, saying that she was held against her will aboard the cruise ship for more than a decade. A fellow former member of Scientology's hardcore Sea Organization, Ramana Dienes-Browning, backed up her version of events.

The church has denied all of the allegations by Paris and Dienes-Browning, and spokeswoman Karin Pouw's full statement can be found below. At the end of the statement, Pouw writes to ABC's Steve Cannane: "Your source is doing this because she and Chris Guider apparently cannot get their life in order and move on."

In fact, Valeska and her husband Chris -- who was the subject of his own Lateline program -- are getting on with their lives quite nicely, and even have a bit of an announcement...

"They say we're not getting on with our lives? We both have jobs, we have a boy," she told me last night from Sydney, "And I'm pregnant with another baby."

What a change from her time in the Sea Org, where having children is prohibited, where she signed a billion-year contract at only 14 years old, and where she was pulled away from her own mother and put aboard what she says was a floating prison.

Valeska Paris was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1977. She had two younger siblings -- Melissa (1979) and Raphael (1982) -- and their lives changed radically when their parents, who were both Scientologists, split up and her father, Jean-Francois Paris, decided to join the church's Sea Org in England. At only 6 years of age, Valeska was put into a former Scientology organization known as the "Cadet Org." (Her sibs joined too -- Melissa was only 4, and Raphael barely 2, she points out.)

Her sister, Melissa, has written that the Cadet Org was a sort of "mini Sea Org," where even the youngest children were treated like future hardcore church workers, and were "assigned all sorts of manual labor: scrubbing walls, floors, cleaning the toilets...not stuff that kids would normally do." (We're going to be interviewing Melissa, who has her own story to tell about growing up in Scientology and living in a family torn apart by the church.)

Scientology believes that each of us has lived countless lives over billions of years -- our souls, which Scientology calls "thetans," are ancient, and so even when we inhabit a new body in a new life, as a child, there is actually an adult soul inside.

"We were just future Sea Org members that needed to be molded into 'good' SO members which meant breaking us down into robots," Melissa writes.

Valeska did join the Sea Org, at only 14 years old, signing its standard billion-year contract, promising to come back, lifetime after lifetime, to serve the church by working incredible hours for only 50 dollars a week.

In the meantime, her mother, Ariane Jackson, had remarried to a French man named Albert Jaquier, a rags-to-riches success who had managed to go from junkyard worker to self-made millionaire. But Jaquier gave away much of his money to Scientology, and had made loans to fellow Scientologists, and then spent the last years of his life trying to get that money back. Wrote Jackson in 1996:

The various methods used to persuade [Jaquier] to pay money...included daylong interviews by groups of salesmen, "investment opportunities", donations to translate a book, donations to "protect Scientology", etc...Two of the "investment opportunities" where he loaned almost half a million dollars in 1989 to a "patron" and a "patron meritorious" of the International Association of Scientologists"(IAS) turned out to be very bad "investments"...Their failure to repay him added to the fact he had given so much of his money to Scientology ruined him financially. The stress arising from his bad financial position aggravated a heart condition for which he could not afford proper medical care and which he had been persuaded Scientology would resolve. This illness killed him before he could recover the money owed to him.

(See the hard-hitting new investigative series at the St. Petersburg Times for a description about how Scientologists are pressured more than ever to give huge sums to the church.)

Jaquier died in December, 1994, and Jackson began speaking out the next year, at one point going on live television in France to describe her problems with Scientology.

But before her mother went on television, Valeska tells me, Jackson first went to Scientology directly, trying to get some kind of recompense for what had happened to her husband.

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SvenBoogie
SvenBoogie

R.I.P, this article's comments...

LarryE76
LarryE76

I heard there is a book being made with authors...Denk, Broeker and Mayo.

MTReynolds
MTReynolds

A sick cult who uses lawyers to intimidate.  I lost a friend to this whacked out money grubbing cult.  She spent every single dime she had doing stupid courses up in Los Angeles (wore out a car commuting, went into debt for a new one) while her kids ate TV dinners and were shuffled around so she could “get to the next level”   A single mother of two boys spent every single red cent on this disgusting cult.  She lived in a crappy condo with a kitchen from 1972 - meanwhile, Cruise and all the other whackers live lavish lives brainwashing people and stealing their money.  What i want to see is sicko Tom Cruise in his Sea ORG get up - they actually have uniforms and play dress up!  How this disgusting cult is even legal in this country is beyond me - it should be investigated and BANNED in the US.

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC do not recognize the Freewinds experienced Valeska has mocked up in her reactive mind. It appears that her 2D Chris has brainwashed her using devious psychiatric techniques created by the Nazis and later appropriated by the godless Soviet Communists to use on witless dupes such as Tony Ortega's mass-implanted audience of disco-era potheads.

100% of Scientology publics surveyed aboard the Freewinds recently said that they were not presently being held captive onboard. Factually, the Freewinds does not have a brig or any sort of prison nor does it need any given that we have so many fine shore-based RPF facilities in distant areas of dark subcontinents that can only be reached by helicopter and are surrounded by malarial swamps that teem with alligators and deadly snakes.

Working in the engine room of the Freewinds is a miraculous course in attaining mastery over MEST, To congite that well-oiled diesel engines make things go well is to realize that the Church of Scientology and its vaunted Tech work only if they too are well-oiled by money and joyous volunteer labor. To be at cause over clearing the exhaust stack is to be at cause over Clearing the Planet. To sleep in the engine room is to sleep the sleep of angels as one is lulled into a tranquil rest by the reassuring rhythm of rocker arms and piston that power the pure theta Freewinds into reg cycles ad infinitum.

Lies = Truth is the stable datum of Scientology apostates. They must lie about Mankind's only hope because they are in a dwindling spiral. To boast about having babies and wog jobs as if this sort of dreary and common domesticity is something special leaves we in RTC unimpressed. Wogs reproduce like rabbits and work in wog jobs. This is special how? Changing diapers is not even in the same league as changing the world and changing lives for the better as we do everyday in Scientology:

Facts:

* With over 5,500,000 copies of the Way to Happiness distributed last week in India, Scientology tech is now being used in 100%  of Indian schools owned by Scientologists.

* 100% of IAS members surveyed at recent IAS meetings reported increased happiness due to Scientology.

* 100% of Scientologists on course at Flag who encountered problems admitted in Ethics interviews that they alone were to blame for being "no case gain."

* Our investments in exotic offshore derivative funding vehicles look like they will give us a whopping 224% return next year. In other words, we bet big on Greece to fail and our postulate will stick. Plenty of Greeks will be happy to get three hots and a cot in Sea Org after the collapse -- and so will many of you out there!

Please do call us when you're ready to sign on for a sweet billion years to help salvage this junkyard universe. 

justbeamensch
justbeamensch

Is the Voice still involved in human trafficking adds and child prostitution?  Gotta keep that profit rolling in-

uther pendragon
uther pendragon

You'd think that the fact this whole thing was thought up by a (bad) science fiction author would give one pause about the initial premise.

SayHi2YourMom4Me
SayHi2YourMom4Me

Even someone loopy to believe their souls were thousands and thousands of years old should see something wrong with trying to get a 14 year old child to sign a contract for a friggin Billion years of slave wage manual labor! A lot can change in hundreds of millions of years, what if she decided she wanted to change careers at some point down the line?

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

The entire point of signing a billion year contract is that one knows exactly what they will be doing for the next billion years and that is engaging in joyous volunteer performed with no thought or expectation of any financial recompense whatsoever. This is the pure joy of giving a billion years to the greatest purpose one can attain in this universe, namely working in the engine rooms of various Sea Org ships. Someday Sea Org personnel will proudly be maintaining the warp engines in our planned fleet of Scientology Starships). Only the elite SS Miscavige Sea Org (SSMSO) will allowed to crew these vehicles.  

DrKnowe
DrKnowe

As of now a contract entered into by a minor isn't enforceable, even if that minor is a current incarnation of a million years old being, on her way to being an incarnation of a billion years old being.However, depending on how Newt revamps the child labor laws, these contracts may be enforceable in the near (and far) future.

(I've got more to say, but my nether-regions itch terribly.  I was out slumming it unprotected this weekend and I believe I've caught a case of genital thetans)

Risingmoon_01
Risingmoon_01

I can't help but think, granting them THEIR OWN THEORY on how they were imprisoned on this planet, then hopefully when humanity finally makes it off this rock, they'll still be stuck here. Frankly, they deserve such self imposed punishment, and I think they know it.

northwoods21
northwoods21

contrary to popular belief Scientology was actually invented by North Korea.

Thefind
Thefind

Think about it, how would someone hold you against yourwill on a ship for 12 years? There would only be one way and that would be to imprisonyou. She couldn’t get off the ship? She couldn’t make a phone call? Who are youfooling? If your legs move, you can walk down a plank and off a ship. I know asmear campaign when and I see it. This woman isn't telling the truth, she'stelling fragmented pieces of facts that are construed to look like somethingit's not. If she said that she decided to be on the ship for 12 years and itdidn’t go like she thought it would. I would be much more inclined to believeher -- but held against her will? If it's true then she had no "will" to begin with.

mike
mike

all you guys are faggots and to think that this is actually all true is bullshit. the only thing that scientology is here for is to help people and thats all its done. also like it says you fucking sign the contract and join on your own free will. you can leave anytime you want. also if you knew all the true information youd not be saying anything so get out of your rooms and do shit with your like instead of just agreeing with bullshit comments on something you have no real data about.

MTReynolds
MTReynolds

Sure, it helped liquidate thousands upon thousands dollars from my weak minded, single mother former friend who was easily led - til this day she's still living in a dumpy condo in East County and giving all her assets to this nasty, nasty CULT.

Millievan
Millievan

Ridiculous allegations for a woman whose own husband calls her a liar!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Overwhelming preponderance of evidence and Occam's Razor—if the cult always says everybody else is lying, then the cult is lying. QED.

Emin
Emin

Tabloids are fun... until they hurt someone/thing. Oh wait, they always do!

Tosha
Tosha

Valeska's story is concocted from imagination. She says she could have escaped -- then she wasn't imprisoned then right? She was "resigned." Translation - she was there out of her own freewill. Here is what the Church of Scientology has to say about the issue: http://bit.ly/u3s2PO

Brennan Michaels
Brennan Michaels

Valeska Guider served as a crew member aboard the Freewinds religious retreat as a volunteer, religious worker. She was an adult and there of her own free will as part of her religious commitment to the Church of Scientology. The Freewinds is a passenger vessel with hundreds of people aboard. Ms. Guider’s staff positions as a waitress, course instructor and staff counselor regularly placed her in contact with many parishioners and staff. She met the man to whom she was married from 1998-2005 and who affirms that her claims of being held against her will are utterly false. She left the Freewinds hundreds of times to go shopping, for outings with her husband on the islands of St. Kitts, Aruba, St. Barts and Curaçao, and for numerous other reasons. She went on extended trips to the United Kingdom, United States and Denmark passing through Immigration and Customs when entering and leaving these countries. Her claims are false.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

And you are a dumptruck loaded with BS. Sorry, CO$ is not a church, it is a money grubbing cult.

Brennan Michaels
Brennan Michaels

Valeska Guider served as a crew member aboard the Freewinds religious retreat as a volunteer, religious worker. She was an adult and there of her own free will as part of her religious commitment to the Church of Scientology. The Freewinds is a passenger vessel with hundreds of people aboard. Ms. Guider’s staff positions as a waitress, course instructor and staff counselor regularly placed her in contact with many parishioners and staff. She met the man to whom she was married from 1998-2005 and who affirms that her claims of being held against her will are utterly false. She left the Freewinds hundreds of times to go shopping, for outings with her husband on the islands of St. Kitts, Aruba, St. Barts and Curaçao, and for numerous other reasons. She went on extended trips to the United Kingdom, United States and Denmark passing through Immigration and Customs when entering and leaving these countries. Her claims are false.

http://www.scientologynews.org...

flame
flame

It is I, BABALON, ye fools, MY TIME is come...

Joyce Liles
Joyce Liles

If you people are so called Christians then why are you using filthy language and profanity. Scientology is not a church of our Christ in Heaven, it is the Devil's advocate trying to brain wash ours into thinking it is.

Gitsie007
Gitsie007

I'm glad all of this is coming out--but feel terrible for Valeska and what she went through and most likely many others are as of now.  The Co$ needs to fall and fall hard.  This is nothing but an evil enterprise. 

Gitsie007
Gitsie007

The name 'freewinds' makes me think of one passing gas.

without_hate
without_hate

Yahoo News had a story of a woman that claims she was held captive on a cruise ship operated by the cult of Scientology for thirteen years. She was allowed to go and off the cruise ship at ports from time to time with an escort. It was not logical for her not to be able to escape and open Cruise ship. After researching this subject, It not only possible in all probability the young lady is telling the truth. It is very difficult to comprehended, why a person with average intelligence would join a cult. The cult's total control of one life and the constant demand for money should turn away anyone seeking membership. As many experts stated, one does not join a cult, you are recruited by someone you trust. I  accepted the stereo type view of cultist as "only foolish, lonely, or disturbed people join the ranks of destructive cults". Most people believe that individuals who join cults are insecure and are motivated by a desire to find a tight knit community within which they can find a stronger sense of identity and security--a haven from the outside world. A common perception is that such people typically cannot make decisions for themselves or bear the pressure of making choices independently. Thus, some reason that cult members were on a quest to find someone to control them and dictate their actions and lifestyle. Cult members, according to this logic, are people who prefercultic control and dependency--instead of the burden of autonomous decision-making."(1). "Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong."Thomas Jefferson. My view of inductees and members of cult was worse than ignorance, I had accepted the stereotype as my own view point and I was wrong. "Many cult members are doctors, lawyers, professors, and high profile celebrities--responsible citizens. This is why some cults have survived for decades and functioned efficiently despite a high turnover rate, public disapproval and angry parents. People often believe cult members must have been neglected by their families. But this conclusion is in sharp contrast to the actions taken by many concerned families who will devote their money and time in intervention efforts to bring their children out of such groups and home again. "(1a).The cult watcher hand book states ""About two-thirds of those studied have been normal young persons induced to join groups in periods of personal crisis,[such as] broken romance or failures to get the job or college of their choice.Vulnerable, the young person affiliates with a cult offering promises of unconditional love, new mental powers,and social utopia." (2)

2B_Fair
2B_Fair

Your name indicates that you might be fair. Tabloid media in Australia have concocted a bizarre tale concerning the Church of Scientology and its religious retreat, the Motor Vessel Freewinds, based solely on the fabrication of an apostate disgruntled ex-member.Valeska Guider served as a crew member aboard the Freewinds religious retreat as a volunteer, religious worker.  She was an adult and there of her own free will as part of her religious commitment to the Church of Scientology.  The Freewinds is a passenger vessel with hundreds of people aboard. Ms. Guider’s staff positions as a waitress, course instructor and staff counselor regularly placed her in contact with many parishioners and staff. She met the man to whom she was married from 1998-2005 and who affirms that her claims of being held against her will are utterly false.  She left the Freewindshundreds of times to go shopping, for outings with her husband on the islands of St. Kitts, Aruba, St. Barts and Curaçao, and for numerous other reasons. She went on extended trips to the United Kingdom, United States and Denmark passing through Immigration and Customs when entering and leaving these countries. Her claims are false.The Freewinds, based in the Caribbean, is a religious retreat where Scientologists come for events, conventions, courses and spiritual counseling.  The Freewinds is visited regularly by officials from the islands and countries it visits. It also serves as a training vessel and has become the regional authority on maritime security and trains law enforcement and military personnel. A recent Meritorious Public Service Award from United States Homeland Security, awarded to the Freewinds by the United States Coast Guard, describes the Freewinds as the “premier training platform throughout the Caribbean Basin.” It further acknowledges continuous instruction of Caribbean personnel in what is described as the “highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard’s core values—honor, respect and devotion to duty.”The Freewinds also helps to advance the Church’s humanitarian initiatives throughout the Caribbean region and has received numerous acknowledgements for its work in the fields of drug abuse education and prevention, human rights, morals education and literacy.Information about the Freewinds or about the Scientology religion is available on the Church’s website  

without_hate
without_hate

Thank you for this information this has to be factored into equations. I know that there are two sides to ever story. Her story will be able to check out this was and open ship going to major ports in the worlds. Thank you for her background.

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2B_Fair (unregistered) wrote, in response to without_hate:Your name indicates that you might be fair. Tabloid media in Australia have concocted a bizarre tale concerning the Church of Scientology and its religious retreat, the Motor Vessel Freewinds, based solely on the fabrication of an apostate disgruntled ex-member. Valeska Guider served as a crew member aboard the Freewinds religious retreat as a volunteer, religious worker.  She was an adult and there of her own free will as part of her religious commitment to the Church of Scientology.  The Freewinds is a passenger vessel with hundreds of people aboard. Ms. Guider’s staff positions as a waitress, course instructor and staff counselor regularly placed her in contact with many parishioners and staff. She met the man to whom she was married from 1998-2005 and who affirms that her claims of being held against her will are utterly false.  She left the Freewindshundreds of times to go shopping, for outings with her husband on the islands of St. Kitts, Aruba, St. Barts and Curaçao, and for numerous other reasons. She went on extended trips to the United Kingdom, United States and Denmark passing through Immigration and Customs when entering and leaving these countries. Her claims are false. The Freewinds, based in the Caribbean, is a religious retreat where Scientologists come for events, conventions, courses and spiritual counseling.  The Freewinds is visited regularly by officials from the islands and countries it visits. It also serves as a training vessel and has become the regional authority on maritime security and trains law enforcement and military personnel. A recent Meritorious Public Service Award from United States Homeland Security, awarded to the Freewinds by the United States Coast Guard, describes the Freewinds as the “premier training platform throughout the Caribbean Basin.” It further acknowledges continuous instruction of Caribbean personnel in what is described as the “highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard’s core values—honor, respect and devotion to duty.” The Freewinds also helps to advance the Church’s humanitarian initiatives throughout the Caribbean region and has received numerous acknowledgements for its work in the fields of drug abuse education and prevention, human rights, morals education and literacy.Information about the Freewinds or about the Scientology religion is available on the Church’s website Link to comment

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

The Freewinds is a scam and so is your post. Sorry, but your rote tactics are too easy to detect. Fail.

without_hate
without_hate

Page 2 I  started hearing from families who had missing members, many of them young kids on our campus, and they all would describe the same sorts of things, '' she said. "A sudden change of personality, a new way of talking . . . and then they would disappear. And bingo, it was the same sort of thing as with the Korean War prisoners, the same sort of thought-reform and social controls. ''*(1c) Mrs Sanger,""They're all the same, really, these groups - they prey on the most lonely, vulnerable people they can find, cage you with your own mind through guilt and fear, cut you off from everyone you knew before, and when they're done doing that, they don't need armed guards to keep you," Singer says. "You're afraid that if you leave, your parents will die, you will die, your life will be ruined."(1d). "Tanya Kach was a missing milk carton kid -- thus the title of her book, "Memoir of Milk Carton Kid."Kach told CBS News her life in captivity was "absolutely horrible." She says she was confined to a bedroom 24 hours a day and led downstairs to a take a shower at most once a week. Hayes-Freeland asked, "There were times that you didn't have access to a bathroom?" "He put a bucket in there, and said, 'That's your bathroom,'" Kach said. "I was just so brainwashed. I feel humiliated now. Absolutely."Kach says her worst memories are the holidays, and Christmas Eve in particular. She spent four of them inside a closet on the second floor of the Hose home. "It broke my heart," she said. "I thought of my family, wondering if they were thinking about me." Over time, Hose allowed Kach to go on the back porch of the house when he was getting ready for work. She didn't leave because he promised to hunt her down and threatened her life. "He would just point. I was like a dog," she said. "I did what my master told me. I went in the closet." That lasted for years. Hose made Kachchange her hair colour and her name, and with those changes came limited freedoms. As she got out, Kach wanted more. She found a friend at a nearby convenience store and one day confided in him that her name wasn't Nikki at all -- but Tanya -- and she was the girl police had been looking for for a decade. He called police and Hose was arrested." (1e).

 "Victims primarily fear consequences;anything they do may be disagreeable and could worsen the situation. Victims are broken down physically by:1) threats of more violence, and 2)creating physical changes or hardships such as imprisonment or controlling the victim?s every move. Victims are broken psychologically by 1) destroying the victim?s sense of well-being and safety,and 2) the aggressor forcing a dogma and new way leaving the victim no chance to dispute it. Victims also go downhill because of an issueof complicity. They feel some degree of guilt of being at fault for what went wrong. Our culture has promulgated distorted view that we have more control than we do and that accidents and bad fortune can be rooted in our own inadequacies. Or, that we deservewhat we get. Victims often backtrack from feeling bad to that undeserving distortion thatthey caused the problem. This self-doubt makes it easier for the aggressor to dominate. Sometimes victims don?t know any better.An abused wife may have been set-up early in life by a father being violent to her mother, a sibling, or herself. A victim may have been sheltered in a loving environment growing up and is, therefore,totally shocked when the trauma occurs. This is not to imply that there isanything wrong with a sheltered upbringing;we need genuinely nice people. However, we need to provide proper resources if someone like this is damaged. Most can fully recover from brainwashing once they are out of the crisis that precipitated it. Life is different, andthere may be some residual feelings that intrude once in a while. Every day life mustbecome healthy again, or we have let the perpetrators win."( Ray Siddons is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a privatepractise in Redlands.)( 2b).

without_hate
without_hate

It is easy to understand how this lady was held captive for thirteen years in an open environment. I am not making a judgement on Scientology but legal authorities need to investigate this organisation and determine the truth. The young lady deserved to be compensated and justice served.  

without_hate
without_hate

I tried to post my sources for the above article but It would not accept them. Please consider this part of the paper. The information came from Yahoo News.Rick Cross web site, Cult Hand Book. 

without_hate
without_hate

Pg 3 0f 3"Victims primarily fear consequences;anything they do may be disagreeable and could worsen the situation. Victims are broken down physically by:1) threats of more violence, and 2)creating physical changes or hardships such as imprisonment or controlling the victim?s every move. Victims are broken psychologically by 1) destroying the victim?s sense of well-being and safety,and 2) the aggressor forcing a dogma and new way leaving the victim no chance to dispute it. Victims also go downhill because of an issueof complicity. They feel some degree of guilt of being at fault for what went wrong. Our culture has promulgated distorted view that we have more control than we do and that accidents and bad fortune can be rooted in our own inadequacies. Or, that we deservewhat we get. Victims often backtrack from feeling bad to that undeserving distortion thatthey caused the problem. This self-doubt makes it easier for the aggressor to dominate. Sometimes victims don?t know any better.An abused wife may have been set-up early in life by a father being violent to her mother, a sibling, or herself. A victim may have been sheltered in a loving environment growing up and is, therefore,totally shocked when the trauma occurs. This is not to imply that there isanything wrong with a sheltered upbringing;we need genuinely nice people. However, we need to provide proper resources if someone like this is damaged. Most can fully recover from brainwashing once they are out of the crisis that precipitated it. Life is different, andthere may be some residual feelings that intrude once in a while. Every day life mustbecome healthy again, or we have let the perpetrators win."( Ray Siddons is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a privatepractise in Redlands.)( 2b). It is easy to understand how this lady was held captive for thirteen years in an open environment. I am not making a judgement on Scientology but legal authorities need to investigate this organisation and determine the truth. The young lady deserved to be compensated and justice served.  Sources:www.yahoonews.comhttp://www.rickross.com/inform...http://www.scribd.com/doc/4769...

without_hate
without_hate

2 of 2 Cults are Evil Retraction"Tanya Kach was a missing milk carton kid -- thus the title of her book, "Memoir of Milk Carton Kid."Kach told CBS News her life in captivity was "absolutely horrible." She says she was confined to a bedroom 24 hours a day and led downstairs to a take a shower at most once a week. Hayes-Freeland asked, "There were times that you didn't have access to a bathroom?" "He put a bucket in there, and said, 'That's your bathroom,'" Kach said. "I was just so brainwashed. I feel humiliated now. Absolutely."Kach says her worst memories are the holidays, and Christmas Eve in particular. She spent four of them inside a closet on the second floor of the Hose home. "It broke my heart," she said. "I thought of my family, wondering if they were thinking about me." Over time, Hose allowed Kach to go on the back porch of the house when he was getting ready for work. She didn't leave because he promised to hunt her down and threatened her life. "He would just point. I was like a dog," she said. "I did what my master told me. I went in the closet." That lasted for years. Hose made Kachchange her hair colour and her name, and with those changes came limited freedoms. As she got out, Kach wanted more. She found a friend at a nearby convenience store and one day confided in him that her name wasn't Nikki at all -- but Tanya -- and she was the girl police had been looking for for a decade. He called police and Hose was arrested." (1e). "Victims primarily fear consequences;anything they do may be disagreeable and could worsen the situation. Victims are broken down physically by:1) threats of more violence, and 2)creating physical changes or hardships such as imprisonment or controlling the victim?s every move. Victims are broken psychologically by 1) destroying the victim?s sense of well-being and safety,and 2) the aggressor forcing a dogma and new way leaving the victim no chance to dispute it. Victims also go downhill because of an issueof complicity. They feel some degree of guilt of being at fault for what went wrong. Our culture has promulgated distorted view that we have more control than we do and that accidents and bad fortune can be rooted in our own inadequacies. Or, that we deservewhat we get. Victims often backtrack from feeling bad to that undeserving distortion thatthey caused the problem. This self-doubt makes it easier for the aggressor to dominate. Sometimes victims don?t know any better.An abused wife may have been set-up early in life by a father being violent to her mother, a sibling, or herself. A victim may have been sheltered in a loving environment growing up and is, therefore,totally shocked when the trauma occurs. This is not to imply that there isanything wrong with a sheltered upbringing;we need genuinely nice people. However, we need to provide proper resources if someone like this is damaged. Most can fully recover from brainwashing once they are out of the crisis that precipitated it. Life is different, andthere may be some residual feelings that intrude once in a while. Every day life mustbecome healthy again, or we have let the perpetrators win."( Ray Siddons is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a privatepractise in Redlands.)( 2b). It is easy to understand how this lady was held captive for thirteen years in an open environment. I am not making a judgement on Scientology but legal authorities need to investigate this organisation and determine the truth. The young lady deserved to be compensated and justice served.  Sources:www.yahoonews.comhttp://www.rickross.com/inform...http://www.scribd.com/doc/4769...

Ron
Ron

Tom Cruise had slaves working his birthday party. He's also had Scientology slaves working on his motorcycle, van, bus and aircraft hanger.

See: Inside Scientology's Labor Camp That Benefits Tom Cruise: The Photos, Village Voice.

It sounds like he's a bit of a rut.

The Kingfish
The Kingfish

Oh, he's not that bad.... just slightly gullible.

TruthoverTradition
TruthoverTradition

Scientology is a cult with L. Ron Hubbard implementing authentic mind control techniques he learned from his military background of MKUltra fame as exposed in Congressional Hearings by Senator Frank Church. I believe the abused individual over the public relation lies of this mind control religion. L. Ron Hubbard believed that he was the incarnate of Joseph Smith as LDS missionaries told him and also CIA agent and LDS/Mormon Apostle Neal A. Maxwell who also brought in mind control tactics into the LDS cult religion.

Ken Ri
Ken Ri

No matter what, this poor girl was still imprisoned by this CULT of clowns.   Scientology has finally been PUBLICLY caught and embarrassed...as they well deserve to...in their destructive schemes of human atrocities and racketeering. This poor girl was found imprisoned just like the other tortured victims of their numerous concentration camps. Work camps that physically torture and brainwash people...even to the point of death.  This is a very dangerous CULT.

 The con-artist L Ronnie-boy Hubbard, the defunct fiction writer, has caused more harm in this world than anyone else in history with his wacky clowns of scientology.

 This cult/money making scheme was created when pansy-boy Hubbard made a bet with friends telling them that "religion is a great way to make money." He then went on to start this cult based on that statement. Feel free to research this yourself. It is probably the only truth that came from this incompetent bum.

 The yahoos of this cult propagate the group via deceit, intimidation, extortion, lies, and bullying anyone that disagrees with them. Sounds a bit like organized crime (mafia), doesn't it.

 Hey you weirdos of dianetics, I dare you to sue me like you sue everyone else who spread the truth about you. I only intend to continue telling people and posting everywhere I can.

Nixonesque
Nixonesque

These people kept me in a series of smaller and smaller rooms as they tried to brainwash me at their "Celebrity" Center in LA when I went to apply for a job (okay, I was dumb, but I thought it would be an interesting place to work). It was extra sad because the two people that were working me over were like, 15 and 25. They wouldn't let me go for what seemed like hours, telling me if I wanted to be happy I just had to buy their book. Finally, I had to basically run away from them by lying and saying I needed to move my car. They insisted that they could move it for me or accompany me while I moved it. I made a break for it when we went out of the compound. I could see them out of my rear view mirror as I drove off. Scary stuff.

JILLYJIVE
JILLYJIVE

SCIENTOLOGY IS A CULT NOTHING MORE!  DAVID MISCAVIGE IS A COWARD, USING THESE NARCISSISTIC, OVERPRIVILEGED CELEBRITIES AS PAWNS TO PROMOTE THIS TWISTED ORGANIZATION THAT FEEDS OFF THE DESPERATION, AND HOPELESSNESS OF OTHERS. THE RITCH GET RITCHER, AND THE POOR GO TO THE ENGINE ROOM!!!  I WILL NEVER PAY MONEY TO GO SEE ANOTHER TOM CRUISE OR TRAVOLTA MOVIE AND NIETHER SHOULD ANYONE ELSE. DOING SO ONLY CONTRIBUTES TO THIS FASCIST REGIME CALLED SCIENTOLOGY. THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG MY FRIENDS, AND THIS CULT IS GOING DOWN.  VALESKA AND HER HUSBAND HAVE NOTHING TO GAIN FROM FABRICATING THIS STORY, WHAT'S IN IT FOR THEM? IT IS JUST TOO BIZARRE TO BE MADE UP. NEED I REMIND YOU THAT THESE ARE NOT THE FIRST EX MEMBERS TO COME FORWARD WITH THEIR STORIES OF OPPRESSION, AND MANIPULATION,THAT THEY ENDURED AND WITNESSED FROM THIS SO CALLED RELIGION. IT CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED, PEOPLE HAVE JUST HAD ENOUGH. I DIDN'T EVEN GET INTO THERE LAWS ABOUT NOT TAKING YOUR KID TO A PROPPER DOCTOR WHEN THEY ARE SICK, I BELIEVE WE CALL THAT CHILD NEGLECT/ABUSE.  IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT ANY SO CALLED RELIGION THAT FORCES MEMBERS TO OSTRACIZE, AND PUNISH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS...  IS NOT RELIGION.P.S  I AM NON DENOMINATIONAL                             

R. Woods
R. Woods

The story is indeed sad and should never happen to anyone, but, excluding the weird details pertaining to this particular brand of religion, I fail to see how it is all that different than what happens to any child born into a fundamentalist religious family. 

MarkStark
MarkStark

Read the fascinating bio of Hubbard online (free), Bare-faced Messiah by Russell Miller. While some small pockets of fundamentalists may practice the level of "disconnection," (shunning, ex-communication) that Scilons do, the Scilons are rather extreme about it, and their institutionalized indoctrination into pre Sea Org-like organizations such as the Cadet Org are extraordinary in their level of control over an individual, and separation of that individual from their family. There are cases of children as young as five, not seeing their mothers except for once a week. Mothers in the "Sea Org" used to practically abandon their babies to care in a nursery. The cult wanted those mothers to work 100 hours a week, for the organization.

In Scientology, family members can even write reports on each other. You could have a 14 year old turning in a "Knowledge Report" on a parent who is showing some doubts in any aspect of the organization.

Another difference in Scientology from fundamentalists, is that Scientology is structured around extracting HUGE sums of money from people. For example, there was just a documented story in a series about this cult, that was about a new member, who signed up for an $80,000 introductory "package" of courses, and then they wanted him to contribute $35,000 for a building fund (Super Power) in the car from the airport! This was before he even knew much of what it was about. That is how bold and aggressive Scilons can be, once they think they have a rich dupe hooked. (They knew he was a dupe because he already paid for an $80,000 course package.)

This is routine with Scilons. They want to know the net worth of members, including "raw meat" who just walk through the door. Then they want to know that person's "ruin" so they can get as much money as they can from that person, in the fastest time possible. "Raw meat" and "ruin" are terms Hubbard thought up.

Scientology is set up to be ALL ABOUT THE MONEY quite like no other religion. It is a hard-sell brainwashing business. They are the most irritating because of the false claims. They claim it is all "scientific and factual." Hubbard couldn't even pass college science courses, but he excelled in hypnotism and hucksterism.

amanda
amanda

She wasn't forced to work in the engine room?!  So she worked in the engine room because.....  she wanted too?  Thought it was fun? Are you kidding me?

Eric Alexander Steel
Eric Alexander Steel

I really enjoyed the insight this article provided, however there is something I would like clarified:

References to Valeska's father are dramatically inconsistent. At one point he is said to have commit suicide, then to have died of a heart problem, and at the end of the article he's still alive.

Could someone please clarify these facts? I would like to pass along with article but feel these inconsistencies discredit the information provided.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Valeska's stepfather, Albert Jaquier, committed suicide in December 1994. Her biological father, Jean-Francois Paris, is living in Chicago and has disconnected from his daughters.

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