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Woman “imprisoned” on Scientology cruise ship for 12 years
The Sideshow ^ | 11/30/2011 | By Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 11/30/2011 12:05:25 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

For most people, an extended stay aboard a luxury cruise liner sounds like a dream vacation.

But Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship "Freewinds" for more than a decade. During her stay on the vessel, she alleges, she was forced into hard labor and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC News) Lateline program, Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization.

"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. "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.' "

Paris was born into a Scientology family, but her mother quit the group after her husband committed suicide, blaming Scientology for coercing him out of a self-made personal fortune of more than a million dollars.

Instead of the promised two week stay, Paris found herself unable to leave the ship without an official Scientology escort and was often forced into hard labor on the lower levels of the ship for stretches as long as two full days. "It's hot, it's extremely loud, it's smelly, it's not nice. I was sent down there at first for 48 hours straight on almost no sleep and I had to work by myself," she said.

So, why didn't Paris simply escape from the ship when it would take port? The Freewinds has a relatively small sailing route...

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TOPICS: Religion; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cult; cults; rico; scientology
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The Church of Scientology's flagship vessel, "Freewinds"

1 posted on 11/30/2011 12:05:33 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Calling John Revolting. Calling Tommy Crusin’! Report to aft head for assignment!


2 posted on 11/30/2011 12:07:56 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This is commonplace in that evil cult. Yet our elected leaders do nothing.


3 posted on 11/30/2011 12:11:03 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Responsibility2nd

4 posted on 11/30/2011 12:14:57 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Raebie

Shouldn’t someone do something about this ? I know that international waters or whatever maritime laws are still in existence, but detainment is illegal.

Police ? No one ?

Ok, I guess that leaves options for another group of people to do something about it.


5 posted on 11/30/2011 12:37:47 PM PST by Celerity
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To: Celerity

I have no idea. This organization is more frightening than the mob. Abuses take place at their various compounds as well. It’s amazing to me that no one has stepped in and done something.


6 posted on 11/30/2011 12:41:33 PM PST by Raebie (WS)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This Scientology group should be dimantled period, it’s the worse kind of cult ...


7 posted on 11/30/2011 12:43:09 PM PST by Scythian
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To: Responsibility2nd
L. Ron Hubbard, Harold Camping, Joseph Smith, birds of a feather.

Matthew 7:15, Jesus Christ:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

8 posted on 11/30/2011 12:49:52 PM PST by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: All
http://cultxpt.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/protesting-at-golden-era-studios/

The have a prison camp at the former Gilman Hot Springs resort in San Jacinto Ca

9 posted on 11/30/2011 1:01:27 PM PST by troy McClure
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To: Responsibility2nd

For some reason I keep seeing Romney as one of those Scientology people. he has the opposite of the Moslem dead fish eye look, a quiet hidden fanatical look.

Like I want to get out of here to get back to my prisoners in my secret dungeon.


10 posted on 11/30/2011 1:05:21 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Responsibility2nd

I believe her. Scientology is a crazy cult.


11 posted on 11/30/2011 1:06:21 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Responsibility2nd
False imprisonment by Scientology goes on all the time. But this lady had it easy. The SeaOrg Scientology members staffing that ship signed billion year contracts to be part of SeaOrg.

Yeah. Sucks for them if Elvis and Jerry Garcia are simply taking some time off and come back for a joint concert (no pun intended).

12 posted on 11/30/2011 1:43:11 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Raebie

The Scientologists were very involved with the death of Terri Schiavo, too. And they OWN the sheriff, other LE, and the judiciary in the Tampa-St Petes area.

They are extremely frightening, and very adept at getting tied in with civil power.


13 posted on 11/30/2011 1:44:45 PM PST by livius
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFBZ_uAbxS0

Tom Cruise Scientology Video - ( Original UNCUT )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-C-wupe76E&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL6FA5A9FA094EE8B7

Tom Cruise Scientology


14 posted on 11/30/2011 2:08:16 PM PST by maggief
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Responsibility2nd.
Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization.

15 posted on 11/30/2011 8:13:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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