Exorcists are charging vulnerable people as much as £250 a session to rid them of their “demons”.
Sex abuse victims, drug addicts and even men and women with personality disorders are among those being convinced by foreign evangelists that they are possessed by evil spirits.
The exorcists believe that Harry Potter spells and Eastern practices like yoga are the work of the devil.
We watched as one young pregnant mother, Sindy Regis, went through a brutal process during which she was restrained by one man while another manipulated her body using both his hands and a Bible.
Screaming in agony with tears pouring down her cheeks as she retches between sobs, the 22-year-old is attended by a pastor – a self-styled exorcist – who claims this brutal process is necessary to deliver Sindy from the demons he says have possessed her.
As the session begins to get more heated, so does his rhetoric. At times he speaks in a foreign language which he claims is a gift from God known as ‘speaking in tongues’.
“What is your name?” he demanded as Sindy bared her teeth and growled. She squealed: “Death!” then began to thrash around as he yelled at her: “Get out!” He repeated the words, “Out, out, OUT!” before screaming, “FIRE!”
The film shows Sindy after her exorcism curled up on the floor crying while he encourages her to “thank Jesus” for healing her.
Vincent ten Bouwhuis is just one of an increasing number of demon slayers who believe the UK is overrun with evil spirits and black magic.
He even runs an online school to teach wannabe exorcists how to tackle the demons he claims are terrorising the British population.
The Sunday Mirror this week gained exclusive access to his ‘healing and deliverance’ sessions at the Amazing Grace church in Bow, East London.
Sindy, a single mum from Croydon, South London, believed he was trying to break a curse he said had been passed down to her by her Trinidadian ancestors.
After her session Sindy explained how she had “struggled with demons” since she was allegedly molested by a family friend as a child.
She waived her right to anonymity and told us: “I believe that was because of a generational curse that was handed down to me from my grandmother in Trinidad. In my later teens, I began having spiritual encounters.
“The evil spirits started visiting me in my sleep and I would have terrible nightmares about them trying to kill me and my three-year- old daughter.
“Wherever I went, strange things would happen – things would move without warning. I’m four months pregnant and desperate to break the curse before I pass it on to my kids.
“The only way to do this is through the Holy Spirit with the help of my pastor. The session this week has already made me feel like a weight has been lifted.”
As a church member, Sindy didn’t pay for her “treatment”, but non-members are charged £250 for a two-hour session. Vincent is part of a growing movement of fundamentalist Christians who focus on vulnerable people.
We also obtained exclusive film footage of the controversial practice which the pastor hopes will bring more victims of ‘possession’ through his doors.
And in another session, a woman who was told she had been possessed by a water demon was advised to fast completely for five days without food or water in order to “flush the demons out.”
Vincent is part of a growing movement of fundamentalist Christians who focus on the vulnerable, telling everyone from drug addicts to victims of sexual abuse, and even those with personality disorders they need to be ‘delivered’ from the devil.
American preacher Reverend Bob Larson is so convinced of the growing supernatural threat in the UK that he plans to set up a dedicated Exorcism School in London.
Like Vincent he already has an online school which he runs from his home in Arizona, US, as well as campuses in the Caribbean and Ukraine. He is now scouting for a suitable location in the UK.
He told the Sunday Mirror he had been looking at hotel conference rooms near Heathrow as well as central London venues in which they could run a series of three-day intensive courses in exorcism.
The school in the Ukraine has seen around 300 students pass through its doors since it opened in April and up to 100 people have already registered their interest in a British school.
Anyone can sign up to the course and no previous training is required. Students must then pass three levels before becoming ‘qualified’ exorcists.
The online school currently charges $995 (about £640) per level or $2, 495 (£1,600) for the whole course.
Rev Bob and his 18-year-old daughter Brynne are already well-known across the pond thanks to their dramatic exorcism sessions which regularly have people fainting and screaming as they jam silver crucifixes into their faces and chests.
Brynne and her friends, sisters Tess, 18, and Savannah Scherkenback, 21, are also keen devil-hunters and regularly perform as a trio known as The Teenage Exorcists.
In July this year, Vice magazine followed them to the Ukraine where they claimed to be able to cure drug addicts and heal victims of sexual abuse.
And in a BBC film, due to air next week, the Teenage Exorcists are shown visiting the UK.
Like Vincent, they believe the country is a hotbed of possessions and demonic activity.
They blame this in part on the popularity of Harry Potter. The girls claim that the spells – most of which are based on Latin words – are actually rooted in the occult.
“The spells in Harry Potter are not made up, those are actual spells. They came from witchcraft books,” says Tess.
Brynne adds: “In the books we see Harry using the magic for good so we have the dangerous idea that magic can be used for good but in reality all magic is bad because you’re getting your power from Satan.”
Vincent agrees. “I haven’t read any but I do think it can be harmful. I think it creates a very real interest in the occult.”
He cautions against holistic health practices such as Reiki and yoga.
“They are based on Eastern religions and they call upon the powers of whatever spirits they believe in. In the West people think it’s innocent but it’s not.
“With yoga it is harmful because it involves meditation which is an open door to the devil.
“The whole lotus position is geared around worshipping a demon, it’s a way to please that demon.”
The married father of two regularly performs exorcisms like the one we filmed on people who he says have been possessed through curses, witchcraft as well as physical and emotional trauma.
He claims that doctors and psychologists cannot cure people who have gone through a trauma because they do not know how to deal with the malignant spiritual forces that result from such experiences.
“Any traumatic event acts like an open door and that’s what the devil uses. Doctors and psychologists can deal with the physical and emotional issues but because a demon is a spiritual thing, it takes a spiritual solution.”