Camilla Wagemans was studying law at Australian National University when she was seduced by a South Korean-based Christian cult called ‘Providence’.
She left Australia for South Korea to be a ‘spiritual bride’ to the sect’s leader Jeong Myeong-seok, who reportedly encouraged female followers to have sex with him to achieve purification.
The young woman was approached by recruiters at her university, her father believes. All cult staff are following orders from Myeong-seok, who’s currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for the rape and molestation of his followers, Daily Mail reports.
According to ABC’s 7.30, the cult targets tall, attractive women, who they then push to cut ties with relatives.
In a promotional video, Wagemans says she knew about the cult's reputation before signing up. But saw how the teachings led to "positive" changes in her life.
"I heard about what he'd been accused of," she says in the video. "But after listening to him preach about love, forgiveness, compassion and self-improvement on such a consistent basis, I realised no one could preach like that unless they were living like that, too."
Wagemans' father Gerry told ABC's 7.30 he learnt about his daughter succumbing to the cult when his friend called him, telling him to turn on the television.
"The program was about a Korean cult. In one of the shots, I saw my daughter Camilla," Gerry said. "Her face was blurred out but I recognised the coat I'd bought her. I was horrified."