Two male victims who stayed at the Transformed Life Ministries Rehabilitation Centre claimed that they were tortured and abused during their eight-month collective stay at the church.
“I was gagged, handcuffed and thrown into a very small cage for many days when I got there. It just has an iron bed frame and a bucket which I was later told had to be used as a toilet.”
He said he was sent to the church after his mother had complained that he was “giving trouble” at home.
“I was not in any drugs or anything so when I got there I was surrounded by about 15 men. They took my cell phone and later made me take off my clothes and later threw me into a cage.”
The victim said he was told by the pastor that if he complied with his instructions only then he would be allowed to come out of the cage.
A few days later he said he was taken out of the cage and placed in a cramped dormitory.
Over the next few months, the victim said he saw some shocking things at the facility. “I saw men naked in cages. Sometimes they would throw a reddish substance on them and it would then out and leave their skins burning. I saw men being tasered and they beat you with a piece of wood.”
Another victim claimed he was kidnapped and taken to the facility and over a six-month period he was thrown into a cage regularly and said over the period he was also taken to the bank and forced to withdraw money from his account over a period of time. “I was also made to sign a power of attorney and over a period of time all my money was taken out,” he claimed.
“Sometimes they put the industrial fans on you while you are asleep and naked in the cage. I had to use the toilet paper to wrap around my body to try and stay warm. They made the room colder to torture you. Psychological it messes you up,” he said.
The second victim said he often has nightmares about his experience and he is unable to sleep properly at night.
Both victims who gave statements to the police have since been placed in protective custody as the ongoing investigation continues.
Reporter: Mark Bassant