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Woman alleges imprisonment by Scientologists
An Australian woman has alleged she spent years imprisoned on the Church of Scientology's cruise ship, The Freewinds.
ABC News/Lateline (Australia) Broadcast 28th Nov 2011, Reporter: Steve Cannane
ABC News Article & Video: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-28/w ... ip/3700390
Lateline Video & Transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3378641.htm
YouTube Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG8fti9IKwk
Statement by the church of scientology: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-28/c ... nt/3700214
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Valeska Paris says the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18, to prevent her mother taking her away from Scientology.

Ms Paris says she ended up being on the ship for over a decade, and was unable to leave The Freewinds for the first six years without an escort.

She has also described the church's leader David Miscavige as a psychopath and says he should be put on trial.

Ms Paris was born into a Scientology family in Switzerland, and at the age of six she moved to Scientology's headquarters in the UK where she was placed in its then youth wing the cadet org.

At 14 she joined the Church's elite Sea Organisation, signing a contract binding her for a billion years, a commitment that would override her bond with her own family.

"I was basically hauled in and told that my mum had attacked the church and that I needed to disconnect from her because she was suppressive," she said.

Her mother had denounced Scientology on French TV after her ex husband Albert Jaquier committed suicide.

A self made millionaire, his last days were spent in poverty, and in a diary he kept, he blamed the Church of Scientology for fleecing him of his fortune.

Ms Paris says the church was so worried her mother would take her away that Mr Miscavige intervened, ordering she be taken to the church's cruise ship The Freewinds.

"He decided the ship, and I found out two hours before my plane left, I was woken up in the morning and I was sent to the ship for 'two weeks'," she said.

[...more in article link...]

*article updated. Valeska was 18, not 17 when she was sent off to the Freewinds.


Other web/media coverage/mentions:

Scientology Held Woman Aboard the Freewinds for 12 Years Against Her Will: Aussie TV
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 28th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... ewinds.php
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[...]
Valeska Paris tells Cannane that she joined Scientology's hardcore Sea Organization -- signing its standard billion-year contract -- at only 14 years of age. Three years later, after her father committed suicide and her mother denounced Scientology on French television, Paris was ordered to "disconnect" from her family. She says that church leader David Miscavige then enforced that disconnection by having her put on the cruise ship, the Freewinds, that sails the Caribbean and caters to high-level church members.

Paris was told she'd be on the ship for two weeks. Instead, she says she was held there against her will for 12 years.

[...continues in article link...]

Religion News Blog: Woman ‘imprisoned’ on Scientology cruise ship
http://www.religionnewsblog.com/26347/w ... ruise-ship
Yahoo/7 News (ABC report): Woman 'imprisoned' on Scientology cruise ship
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/australian ... uise-ship/
Digital Journal: Scientology allegedly imprisoned woman on cruise ship for 12 yrs
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/315171
9News: Church of Scientology 'imprisoned' woman
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8381440
Digg: Woman 'imprisoned' on Scientology cruise ship
http://digg.com/news/world_news/woman_i ... ruise_ship
Radio New Zealand News: An Australian woman claims the Church of Scientology imprisoned her on its cruise ship for 12 years
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/923 ... ology-ship
Cruise Law News (Maritime Lawyers): Woman Alleges False Imprisonment on Scientology Cruise Ship "Freewinds"
http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2011/11/ar ... freewinds/
UPI: Woman claims Scientologists kidnapped her
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/ ... 322528985/
Yahoo "The Side Show" News blog: Woman “imprisoned” on Scientology cruise ship for 12 years
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/wo ... 14448.html

The story appeared on the Best of the ABC page on 29th Nov 2011 http://www.abc.net.au/bestof/?WT.svl=be ... r#s3378939 (may not appear if you're viewing this at a future date)

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Related info links:

Disconnection story of Valeska Guider (nee Paris) - June 2010
ESMB: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.p ... ska-Guider
Marty Rathbun's blog: http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/0 ... thers-day/
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"I was put in this small room by myself with a camera monitoring my movements. A security guard escorted me anywhere I went, I had to eat in the engine room and was not allowed to eat in the control room because it was air conditioned. I was not allowed to work with anyone so I was alone at all times...I was in the engine room for almost 3 months full time. I hated it and just wanted to get off the Ship, I was of course not allowed to call my family at all or talk to anyone."

Operation Clambake: Diary of a dying Scientologist OT7 (1993-94) (Albert Jaquier, Valeska's step father, killed himself)
http://www.xenu.net/archive/photoalbum/jaquier.html

OCMB Media: Ex-sea org/RPF'er, Chris Guider on ABC Lateline 22 Sept 2011 [husband of Valeska Guider (nee Paris)]
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=38835

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 Post subject: Re: ABC Australia: Woman alleges imprisonment by Scientologi
PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:38 pm 
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CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
6331 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6329 USA Telephone: +1 (323) 960-3500 Fax: +1 (323) 960-3508/9

9 November 2011

Steve Cannane
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Email: Cannane.Steve@abc.net.au

Dear Steve, You will have received a letter from our lawyers in relation to a confidentiality agreement in place between the Church and Valeska Paris.

Without prejudice to the Church’s rights arising under the confidentiality agreement and in view of the intended broadcast, the Church wishes to formally respond to these allegations.
Put bluntly, your request is ridiculous. Valeska Paris was a crew member aboard a ship. All passports of crew members were held by the Port Captain in accordance withm aritime regulations so they can be stamped in and out of ports as the ship sailed. Valeska left the ship hundreds of times to go shopping, for outings with her husband on islands such as Aruba, St. Barts and Curaçao, as well as for numerous other reasons while aboard. In 2001, she hosted six members of her husband’s family. She participated in extended projects in the UK, US and Denmark. She certainly wasn’t “forced” to be there. She was also never forced to perform labor in the engine room.

The Freewinds is a wonderful place, as even Valeska said on numerous occasions. Her allegation that she could only leave the ship with an escort is totally false.

Any decision Valeska made with respect to whether she communicated with her mother was her decision alone. This is a fact supported by documentation.

Valeska was one of thousands of members of the Sea Organization, the Church’s religious order, and was a steward in our hotel aboard the ship and in a hotel at our religious retreat in Clearwater. She was also a Scientology auditor briefly, however her certificates were cancelled for violations of the Auditor’s Code.

As to the allegations concerning Mr. Miscavige, it is ludicrous to suggest that someone in Valeska’s position had a close and personal relationship with the ecclesiastical leader of the religion. Those allegations are denied.

Valeska started a relationship with Chris Guider (another unreliable source) and chose to leave the Sea Organization to have a baby. She left the Church on amicable terms and the Church gave her assistance to set up her new life, care for her baby. We wished her well.
That she now is attacking her former religion and former friends and fabricating these stories speaks volumes about her. She is a true apostate.

So there is no doubt as to our position: Valeska is lying to you. She is an unreliable source.

It would be wholly irresponsible for Lateline to broadcast these spurious and uncorroborated claims. It would do so at its own risk.

Your source is doing this because she and Chris Guider apparently cannot get their life in order and move on. For them, it is sad. For ABC, it is dishonest to pretend this is a news story.

Best regards,
Karin Pouw


From the ABC news article, former Freewinds senior exec., Ramana Dienes-Browning, backs up Valeska's allegations and rubbishes scientology's response:
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'Cover-up'

But Ms Paris says she signed the agreement under duress, and the Scientology statement has been contradicted by Ramana Dienes-Browning, a former a senior executive on the Freewinds.

Ms Dienes-Browning was responsible for monitoring staff behaviour and performance on the ship, and says Ms Paris was imprisoned on the ship.

"Their response is a lie, their response is a cover-up," she said.

"She made it very clear she did not want to be there. She had been sent to the ship so as not to be in contact with one of her parents and that's not what she wanted, she was very, very distressed.

"I would definitely consider it imprisonment because there was no choice in the matter."

Ms Dienes-Browning is now working on a photographic exhibition re-enacting her time in Scientology. She says she too was held against her will on the Freewinds and suffered abuse.

"I have been dealing with that trauma and as a result I have experienced depression and post traumatic stress and had to go through a process of dealing with that and healing," she said.

She says after five years of trying she was finally able to leave the Sea Org and the Freewinds.

The Church has denied Ms Dienes-Browning's claims in a statement, saying "we have no facts that would support Ms Dienes-Browning's opposite opinion".

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 Post subject: Re: ABC Australia: Woman alleges imprisonment by Scientologi
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Scientology 'abduction' claims
The Church of Scientology has had to defend itself again against claims of mistreatment behind
closed doors. In this latest scandal a former member claims once inside, they wouldn't let her leave.

9 News - A Current Affair. Nick Coe reporting. 29th Nov 2011
Video: http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/investigation ... ion-claims
YouTube Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez-SBtRrYmU

A couple of snippets I picked out toward the end of the report:

9 News - A Current Affair - 29-11-11 wrote:

The church[sic] of scientology has flatly rejected Valeska Paris' claims and even said that she and her husband should move on with their lives.

But the fact is, this couple is just the latest in a long line of former scientologists who are all singing from the same songbook.

9 News - A Current Affair - 29-11-11 wrote:

"So anybody who is involved in exposing any of their activities is regarded as Fair Game"

Adrian Van Leen is the director of the anti-cult group, Concerned Christians Growth Ministries. He's spoke to original crew members and staff aboard the scientology cruise ship back when the religion's[sic] founder was aboard.

"Ron Hubbard instilled in his followers right from the very begining a paranoia about anybody asking questions about them publically or trying to make people aware of their agenda, what they are up to, what they are doing".

It's a tradition Valeska Paris says continues today in the form of church leader, David Miscavige.

"It's not right for someone to be running the church and basically take advantage of, you know, a church and hiding behind religion to live like a king and to abuse people around him."

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Former scientology member 'held against will aboard cruise ship'
A former Church of Scientology member has claimed she was held against her will aboard the Church's cruise ship, The Freewinds, for 12 years.
By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney, Daily Telegraph (UK). 29th Nov 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -ship.html

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Scientology's Cruise Ship as Prison: The Voice Interviews Valeska Paris
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 29th Nov 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... ewinds.php
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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.


​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.

[...continues in article link...]


On the Tom Cruise birthday bash onboard the Freewinds in 2004:
Village Voice wrote:
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Another person on ship that night was former top Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, who says he does remember Valeska Paris, but didn't know her very well or her situation on the ship. He has his own memories of the night of Tom Cruise's birthday party.

"I was in the bilges," he tells me.

"That's right, he was," Vaselka says. "He was in the engine room. And so were [other top Scientology executives] Guillaume Lesevre. Heber Jentzsch. Marc Yager. I think Jennie Linson was down there, too."

Rinder tells me that each year, from 2004 to 2006, when he went to the Freewinds for the Maiden Voyage, he ended up in the bilges, at one point for more than two months.

What had they done?

"I remember Miscavige yelling -- he's always yelling, always, you could hear him a mile away -- and it was always something about how incompetent they are, and how they can't get anything right," Valeska says.

The year before, in 2003, the same thing had happened with Jentzsch, Yager, Linson, Lesevre, and another executive named Angie Blankenship.

"They had to call us 'sir.' They had fifteen minute meal breaks. They were running everywhere like they were in the RPF," she says, referring to the Rehabilitation Project Force, Scientology's prison detail.

[...]


Tony made a correction to the article:

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CORRECTION: I have a fairly significant change to make to this story. Yesterday, the Australian ABC network reported, "David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 17." But after talking with Valeska last night and writing this story, the dates in it bothered me -- something wasn't adding up right. I have now checked with Valeska and have learned that the Australian program, and my earlier reporting, were in error. At 17, Valeska was confined to her quarters at the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida when she was told she had to "disconnect" from her mother. This in itself was a form of illegal imprisonment, she alleges. However, she was not moved to the Freewinds until September 1996, and by then she was 18 years old, and a few months from her 19th birthday. I regret that I did not catch this earlier (she had said she went on the ship in Sept. 1996 at Marty Rathbun's blog last year), and news organizations should be careful not to give the impression that Valeska was taken aboard the ship as a child. I have talked with the ABC's Steve Cannane, and he is also doing a correction. I have amended the following paragraph to reflect this information.

Valeska alleges that church leader David Miscavige, in order to keep her away from her mother, had Valeska kept in isolation away from her mother at Flag Land Base, in Clearwater, Florida while she was only 17 years old. The next year, in September 1996, after she had turned 18, she was then moved to the Freewinds, ......

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This is my personal opinion -- her story is a reason why we should talk more about DM abuses than Hubbard abuses -- the founder is dead and rots in Hell, if there is such thing; but DM is very much alive, and there is no end to his abuses in sight.

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This is my personal opinion -- her story is a reason why we should talk more about DM abuses than Hubbard abuses -- the founder is dead and rots in Hell, if there is such thing; but DM is very much alive, and there is no end to his abuses in sight.

If you ever want to bring in legislation or set a legal precedent that stops this kind of ritual cultic abuse or coercion etc then at some point, in a court of law, there may be a determination whether something was a one-off act of an individual or something that was per the organisation's written policy. Some cases warrant it, some don't, and it may depend on the laws of the local juristiction.
In the past even the cult themselves have asked in court for Fair Game doctrine to be legtimized as a consitutionally protected core religious activity (which was rejected) Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California, Court of Appeal of the State of California, civ.no.B023193, 18 July 1989
For sure, of course it is going to be the outrageous abuses by the currently living leader DM, or by his order, that gets law enforcement to act and get him into court in the first place, not principally on what Dead Ron Hubbard's old words in old books said.

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Translation of a French article posted on Nov. 29, 2011 on the website of the Swiss daily newspaper Le Matin:
La Genevoise esclave du bateau des scientologues
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The Genevan woman who was a slave aboard the Scientology ship

by Renaud Malik
November 29, 2011

For 12 years, Valeska was held against her will on the "Freewinds", Scientology's floating headquarters. She talked to Le Matin about her long ordeal.

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Photo caption: Behind its impressive conference rooms, some say, the ship holds Scientology's secret documents. © DR

What exactly is hidden inside the "Freewinds", the luxurious yacht that cruises the Caribbean, flying the colours of Scientology? For some, it is a place of retreat and study. For others, it is a "floating Vatican" said to house the organisation's secret documents. The reality may be far more disturbing, if one believes the story that Valeska Guider told a few days ago on the American [sic] ABC network. This woman, who is originally from Geneva, explained that she was detained for twelve years on the "Freewinds".

When contacted by Le Matin, the 34-year-old former Scientologist forcefully stated that she was taken to the ship against her will in 1996, and that she led the life of a "slave" until she was transferred in 2007. It was this long ordeal that decided her to finally leave the organisation in which she was immersed from a very early age.

Valeska was born into Scientology. "My parents, Ariane and Jean-François, were both members of the church. I have fond memories of my first years in Geneva. My life was turned upside down when I was 6 years old, in 1983." Her parents divorced, her father obtained custody of the children, and he decided to send them to England, to a Scientology centre that had a boarding school. For Valeska, it was the beginning of a life of chores: "We were worked to exhaustion, my sister and I. It was unbearable." Her respite was the vacations in Meyrin (Canton of Geneva) with her mother and her new husband, Albert Jacquier, a wealthy Genevan Scientologist. "We enjoyed spending time in that house where we could eat well and sleep in heated rooms!"

Little by little, Valeska became accustomed to a life dedicated to the cause of Scientology. In 1992, at the age of 14, she decided to join the Sea Org, Scientology's elite corps. She signed the famous "billion-year contract" that is imposed on all its members. "I had always heard that dedication to the Sea Org was a way to help humanity. I believed it." She then went to Clearwater, the Sea Org's land base in Florida. There, once again, her mission consisted of housekeeping chores - mostly laundry and ironing - for senior executives. A convict's life? Perhaps. But, at that time, Valeska was still consenting.

Maternal influence

Everything changed in 1996 when Valeska's mother publicly broke with the organisation, going so far as to tell the TF1 television channel about how Scientology had stolen her children. She was then declared "suppressive" (antisocial). The mother still tried to remain in contact with Valeska. The Sea Org's decision was irrevocable: the young woman had to embark on the "Freewinds" to escape her mother's influence. "I was told it would only be for two weeks," recalls Valeska.

Soon after her arrival on the ship, she could not help showing resistance. She paid for this by being assigned exhausting work and by being constantly monitored. "I was put to work on ship maintenance, and then as a waitress in the restaurant. I worked every single day for 50 dollars a week. I couldn't walk off the ship unless I was accompanied, and I had to ask for permission to have a day off." Sometimes, she says, she tried to rebel. But escaping was totally impossible: "My passport was confiscated, I had no bank account. I was in the middle of nowhere, and a guard was watching the ship. I didn't know where my parents were. I wouldn't have known where to go."

Her salvation came from her repeated disobedience. In December 2007, she was sent to Australia for a period of "rehabilitation". There she met her present husband, Chris. "We got married in secret in March 2009. A month later, we left Scientology." Today, she still lives in Australia with her husband and their little boy. She is more determined than ever to alert the public to her past as a "slave". She is also aware that her testimony might have an impact on trials against Scientology in Australia or in France.

The leaders of the organisation, however, are seeking to minimise her story. "It's an isolated case," the spokeswoman for Scientology in western Switzerland, Francine Bielawski says dismissively. An isolated case, really? The president of the Switzerland's Inter-Cantonal Centre for Information on Beliefs (CIC - Centre intercantonal d’information sur les croyances), Brigitte Knobel, emphasizes that other cases of forced labor in Scientology "have been brought to the attention of judicial authorities". Valeska is convinced that others have experienced the same fate as she did. "And I will do everything I can to make it known."


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Translation of a French article posted on Nov. 29, 2011 on the website of the Swiss daily newspaper Le Matin:
La Genevoise esclave du bateau des scientologues
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The Genevan woman who was a slave aboard the Scientology ship

by Renaud Malik
November 29, 2011

For 12 years, Valeska was held against her will on the "Freewinds", Scientology's floating headquarters. She talked to Le Matin about her long ordeal.

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Photo caption: Behind its impressive conference rooms, some say, the ship holds Scientology's secret documents. © DR

What exactly is hidden inside the "Freewinds", the luxurious yacht that cruises the Caribbean, flying the colours of Scientology? For some, it is a place of retreat and study. For others, it is a "floating Vatican" said to house the organisation's secret documents. The reality may be far more disturbing, if one believes the story that Valeska Guider told a few days ago on the American [sic] ABC network. This woman, who is originally from Geneva, explained that she was detained for twelve years on the "Freewinds".

When contacted by Le Matin, the 34-year-old former Scientologist forcefully stated that she was taken to the ship against her will in 1996, and that she led the life of a "slave" until she was transferred in 2007. It was this long ordeal that decided her to finally leave the organisation in which she was immersed from a very early age.

Valeska was born into Scientology. "My parents, Ariane and Jean-François, were both members of the church. I have fond memories of my first years in Geneva. My life was turned upside down when I was 6 years old, in 1983." Her parents divorced, her father obtained custody of the children, and he decided to send them to England, to a Scientology centre that had a boarding school. For Valeska, it was the beginning of a life of chores: "We were worked to exhaustion, my sister and I. It was unbearable." Her respite was the vacations in Meyrin (Canton of Geneva) with her mother and her new husband, Albert Jacquier, a wealthy Genevan Scientologist. "We enjoyed spending time in that house where we could eat well and sleep in heated rooms!"

Little by little, Valeska became accustomed to a life dedicated to the cause of Scientology. In 1992, at the age of 14, she decided to join the Sea Org, Scientology's elite corps. She signed the famous "billion-year contract" that is imposed on all its members. "I had always heard that dedication to the Sea Org was a way to help humanity. I believed it." She then went to Clearwater, the Sea Org's land base in Florida. There, once again, her mission consisted of housekeeping chores - mostly laundry and ironing - for senior executives. A convict's life? Perhaps. But, at that time, Valeska was still consenting.

Maternal influence

Everything changed in 1996 when Valeska's mother publicly broke with the organisation, going so far as to tell the TF1 television channel about how Scientology had stolen her children. She was then declared "suppressive" (antisocial). The mother still tried to remain in contact with Valeska. The Sea Org's decision was irrevocable: the young woman had to embark on the "Freewinds" to escape her mother's influence. "I was told it would only be for two weeks," recalls Valeska.

Soon after her arrival on the ship, she could not help showing resistance. She paid for this by being assigned exhausting work and by being constantly monitored. "I was put to work on ship maintenance, and then as a waitress in the restaurant. I worked every single day for 50 dollars a week. I couldn't walk off the ship unless I was accompanied, and I had to ask for permission to have a day off." Sometimes, she says, she tried to rebel. But escaping was totally impossible: "My passport was confiscated, I had no bank account. I was in the middle of nowhere, and a guard was watching the ship. I didn't know where my parents were. I wouldn't have known where to go."

Her salvation came from her repeated disobedience. In December 2007, she was sent to Australia for a period of "rehabilitation". There she met her present husband, Chris. "We got married in secret in March 2009. A month later, we left Scientology." Today, she still lives in Australia with her husband and their little boy. She is more determined than ever to alert the public to her past as "slave". She is also aware that her testimony might have an impact on trials against Scientology in Australia or in France.

The leaders of the organisation, however, are seeking to minimise her story. "It's an isolated case," the spokeswoman for Scientology in western Switzerland, Francine Bielawski says dismissively. An isolated case, really? The president of the Switzerland's Inter-Cantonal Centre for Information on Beliefs (CIC - Centre intercantonal d’information sur les croyances), Brigitte Knobel, emphasizes that other cases of forced labor in Scientology "have been brought to the attention of judicial authorities". Valeska is convinced that others have experienced the same fate as she did. "And I will do everything I can to make it known."



Valeska is correct in her thinking and it goes back right into the 60s when L. Ron Hubbard had his flotilla of ships. I know I am but one of many whom have gone through this same ordeal, I escaped early on and I was only 11 years old when held captive by these crazy people whom thought they were saving the world. Saving the world from what? The catastrophe that the world would have wrought against it's people was one of the biggest confidence tricks, into making them blind to charity and to human rights.

'Charity begins at home' is a great saying if you have a home to go to.
'Human Rights' is a great saying if you don't abuse them.

Scientology, the religious philosophy and the processed philosophy is one of the biggest abusers of them them both.

I don't trust the Police and I don't trust the Governments and that's one thing you can thank LRH for, because why should I trust either when they cannot keep a mafia Cult like Scientology under control after nearly 60 years, when they have enough god damned proof to lock these people up and throw away the key.

Is it because they are the Government?

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Farked! http://www.fark.com/comments/6773036/Co ... -run-story
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Come join the Scientology cruise liner, it is so good you will never want to leave, we have escorts to make sure of it. Bonus: Letter from CoS telling news site to not run story

242 comments and counting.

Radar Online:
Not saying much and a bizarre graphical overemphasis on the word "claim" on a picture of the Freewinds (because they are pussies and are so scared of being sued, even though in reality the cult wouldn't dare):
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2 ... ris-claims
Better than nothing, but the small blogs and forums have more balls.

Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comme ... gy_cruise/
(891 comments in the last 4 hours and counting)

Some more mainstream ........

Irish Independent:
Former scientology member claims she was held aboard a ship for 12 years
http://www.independent.ie/world-news/as ... 49512.html

9 News does another article but this time they completely focus on and repeat the cult's baaww without questioning it....
http://news.ninemsn.com/technology/8382 ... -on-flight

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More mainstream UK print news media, this time from the Daily Mail:

'They imprisoned me on a cruise ship for 12 years': Harrowing claims of a former member of the Church of Scientology
•Vakeska Paris says she was held from the age of 18
•Claims she was made to work 48-hour shifts below deck
•Says she wasn't allowed to leave alone
•Alleges it happened after her mother denounced Scientology

Daily Mail (UK). 30th Nov 2011
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068284/They-imprisoned-cruise-ship-12-years-Harrowing-claims-member-Church-Scientology.html

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The Inqisitr refers to the Daily Mail article:
http://www.inquisitr.com/164183/woman-h ... ars-video/
and asks, "Do you believe Paris’ story? Was she really held captive on the Scientology cruise ship?"
Comments open.

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Even the travel/cruise blogs are reporting this. Here's one from the AOL Travel blog portal....
Cruise ship prison? Not so fast say Scientology captors
http://www.gadling.com/2011/11/30/cruis ... y-captors/


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Mainstream, New Zealand 3news:
Australian woman 'imprisoned' on Scientology ship
http://www.3news.co.nz/Australian-woman ... fault.aspx

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Don Carlo wrote:
Was she in the engine room DURING TOM'S 2004 BIRTHDAY BASH ? ? ? *
If so, pretty teen captive + torn from parents + years of cruelty + PLUS TOM CRUISE dancing upstairs = HUGE STORY.


Bonus for irony: one of last sightings of Shelly Miscavige:

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The people in the "front row" are Laurisse (Lou) Stuckebrock, Shelly Miscavige, TC (Tom Cruise), DM (David Miscavige)

* July 2004, see http://exscn.net/content/view/187/110/


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Sponge the Daily Mail 30th Nov link you supplied doesn't work (for me at least). The page is

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l?ITO=1490

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Don Carlo wrote:
Was she in the engine room DURING TOM'S 2004 BIRTHDAY BASH ? ? ? *
If so, pretty teen captive + torn from parents + years of cruelty + PLUS TOM CRUISE dancing upstairs = HUGE STORY.


Bonus for irony: one of last sightings of Shelly Miscavige:
Quote:
The people in the "front row" are Laurisse (Lou) Stuckebrock, Shelly Miscavige, TC (Tom Cruise), DM (David Miscavige)

* July 2004, see http://exscn.net/content/view/187/110/

Yep she was, along with a few other notable names.
Requoting from a post further up this thread from Tony Ortega's article at the the Village Voice. It is one longass win article with golden nuggets of detail......
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Another person on ship that night was former top Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, who says he does remember Valeska Paris, but didn't know her very well or her situation on the ship. He has his own memories of the night of Tom Cruise's birthday party.

"I was in the bilges," he tells me.

"That's right, he was," Vaselka says. "He was in the engine room. And so were [other top Scientology executives] Guillaume Lesevre. Heber Jentzsch. Marc Yager. I think Jennie Linson was down there, too."

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