The home port of Scientology’s Freewinds cruise ship is Curacao. The island is a sex tourism destination and is home to the Caribbean’s largest brothel Campo Alegre. Sex trafficking and forced human labor occur in Curacao and are well documented. Why did Scientology chose such an island as its home port? The answers are in our article.
As reported over the past five years, Curaçao is a transit and destination country for women, children, and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Vulnerable populations include foreign and Curaçaoan women and girls in unregulated prostitution, as well as migrant workers from other Caribbean countries, South America, India, and China in the construction, landscaping, minimarket, retail, and restaurant industries. Due to the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, legal and illegal migration to Curaçao increased, leaving many vulnerable to trafficking, including women working illegally at bars and brothels.
The home port of the Scientology ship Freewinds has been Curacao since 1986. For decades the Freewinds has run a regular route between the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Prostitution is legal in the Netherland Antilles islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. However, the prostitutes have to be foreigners. With the collapse of nearby Venezuela, the increase in sex trafficking and forced human labor in the islands frequented by the Freewinds has risen dramatically. A raid last year by authorities freed hundreds of trafficked people in these islands.
The Church of Scientology has long engaged in efforts to paint itself as a champion of human rights even as it turns a blind eye to the sex trafficking and forced human labor going on in the Freewinds ports in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao.
The Church of Scientology has never once spoken out against the sex trafficking in Curacao as it does not wish to offend the port there it needs to ply its own filthy trade. For example, Scientology has never once spoken out against Campo Alegre, the open air brothel on Curacao. Campo Alegre is the largest brothel in the Caribbean and serves as a magnet for sex trafficking. Where are the Scientology marches in the streets of Curacao demanding human rights and freedom for the victims of sex trafficking in Curacao? Sex slavery results in a a fortune each year flowing into Curacao’s sex tourism industry. Scientology ignores this completely and spends money for port services on this sex tourist-sex trafficking island of Curacao.
Why does the Church of Scientology use a sex tourism-sex trafficking island as the home port of the Freewinds? Part of the answer is that Curacao has for decades served as as a tax haven for the Church of Scientology. The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) — Scientology’s $1.5 billion dollar unregulated slush fund — was set up in Curacao in 1984. IAS monies were long managed by Dutch tax lawyer George Praag of Curacao Trust Management. In recent years Praag has moved into the world of online gaming. Much of the IAS money appears to be in the Grand Cayman and may be in Golub International Loan LTD 1 accounts.
The Scientology ship Freewinds is crewed by Sea Org members who are virtual prisoners on the ship and are forced into 100+ hour work weeks for little or no pay. Scientology has no moral ground to complain about the human rights abuses on Curacao when Scientology exists in large measure due to the utter exploitation of its Sea Org members. Many Sea Org members are brought in from Russia, Eastern Europe, and Mexico and promised a better life in America. However, these people soon are cleaning toilets, working as maids, gardeners, and manual laborers for fifty cents an hour or less. The same situation occurs in Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao where forced human labor occurs. It seems that Scientology and Curacao have agreed to remain silent about each others dirty secrets.
Making Scientology’s silence about sex trafficking in Curacao even worse is Scientologist OSA operative Taryn Teutsch‘s recent attempt to hijack Denim Day — a rape survivors group annual rally in Downtown Los Angeles — to promote Scientology’s attacks on the show Scientology and the Aftermath. Taryn’s 2018 hijack of the event was so heinous that she was forbidden this year by Denim Day event organizers to unfurl her banners for fake PR photos. Nevertheless, Taryn — who is not a rape survivor — showed up at Denim Day and wore an unearned Denim Day badge.
The US State Department 2018 report on Sex Trafficking in Curacao as reproduced in a UN report. Note: Please hover your cursor over the document to invoke the page up/page down controls at the bottom of the page frame:
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