Scientology is a 'prison of beliefs,' based on a 'toxic world view' in which pregnant Sea-Org members are isolated, punished and pushed into having abortions and victims of sexual assault are blamed for their suffering.
These are just some of the claims made today by a former member of Scientology's elite 'clergy' the Sea Org who fled the church just four months ago.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Bree Mood, 27, has told how she was indoctrinated into the church at the age of seven and worked for the organization for more than a decade.
During that time she ran up more than $40,000 of debt for church 'services', had two abortions under duress, endured hard labor for the 'crime' of wanting to keep her baby and was told she was to blame for the sexual abuse she suffered as a child.
Bree moved onto the church's LA base known as 'Big Blue,' and just accepted that communicating with her new husband by email a couple of times a week and telephone once a week was normal.
Certainly she could not voice any discontent or unhappiness, she said, for fear of 'repercussions' that could be anything from a stern talking to, to docked meal breaks or some menial labor such as scrubbing pots and pans.
But when Eric returned to LA it was not a happy reunion. How could it be when they had married so young, she reflected, and were so unable to communicate with each other?
Perhaps the starkest example of this came when Bree discovered that she was pregnant in March 2015.