Sexually assaulted, told they’re fat and beaten with bamboo canes – Inside the British cults in existence across the UK

JOINING a meditation group, going to a yoga retreat or enrolling on a course to stop smoking may seem like healthy ideas – but it could be the most dangerous thing you ever do.

That’s because increasingly these groups are really sinister cults, where charismatic leaders brainwash, beat and even sexually abuse their followers.


Incredibly, cult experts believe there are more than 1,000 secret cults in the UK – and that most are masquerading as health courses and addiction treatment programs to lure in unsuspecting victims.

Here we investigate what goes on behind the scenes of the illegal sects operating in the UK.