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Image The Church of Scientology has made headlines once again.

This time it involves an alleged false imprisonment.

Check out this story from the U.K.’s Daily Mail:

A former Scientologist has claimed she was imprisoned for 12 years on board a cruise liner after her family denounced the religion.

Valeska Paris said she was held against her will aboard the church's luxury “cathedral” ship The Freewinds from the age of 18.

Instead of a promised two week stay, Paris said she was forced into work on the lower levels of the ship and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort for 12 years.

In a statement, the Church of Scientology denied Ms Paris' claims.

She reportedly described her time on the ship as being hot, loud, and smelly. Her alleged captors took her passport, making it difficult to escape, said the article.

The Daily Mail reports that Paris was born into a Scientology family in Switzerland, and at the age of six she moved to Scientology's UK headquarters in East Grinstead, where she was placed in its then youth wing.

Her mother denounced Scientology on French TV after her ex-husband Albert Jaquier, who blamed the Church of Scientology for fleecing him of his fortune, committed suicide.

David Miscavige, the leader of the Scientology religion allegedly ordered Paris be taken to the church's cruise ship.

The Freewinds is used as a base to deliver Scientology's highest level counseling course known as Operating Thetan Level VIII.

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                                                       ---The Daily Mail

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For those of you unfamiliar with Scientology, the religion is described as a body of beliefs and related practices created by science fiction and fantasy author L. Ron Hubbard starting in 1952, as a successor to his earlier self-help system, Dianetics Hubbard characterized Scientology as a religion, and in 1953 incorporated the Church of Scientology in Camden, New Jersey.

It teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature. It’s method of spiritual rehabilitation is a type of counseling known as auditing, in which practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.

Entertainers such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Lisa Marie Presley, Nancy Cartwright, Jason Lee, Isaac Hayes, Tom Cruise, Leah Remini and Katie Holmes have generated considerable publicity for the religion.

More information on Scientology can be found by clicking on this http://www.scientology.org/.

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