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Paris Hilton’s ‘Trapped in Treatment’ Sheds Light on Troubled Teen Industry’s and its Shadow Over Baja California

Paris Hilton is back with a bang with the latest installment of her podcast series, “Trapped in Treatment.” Teaming up again with Caroline Cole and Rebecca Mellinger Grone, the second season promises an even deeper look into the shadows of the troubled teen industry.

Yesterday, April 30th, marked the launch of the first episode, “Then There Was WWASP.” This premiere episode uncovers the beginnings of the Worldwide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASP). Founded by Robert Lichfield in the late 1970s, WWASP grew from its roots at Provo Canyon School into a global network that has faced considerable scrutiny.

This podcast really hits home in Baja California, as WWASP had, at some point, three facilities operating here: the infamous “Casa by the Sea” in Ensenada and the even worse “High Impact” in Tecate—both closed by the Mexican government due to abuse allegations. There’s also Sunset Bay Academy in Playas de Tijuana, which is still operating, although it is unclear if it is still managed by WWASP.

This season, the investigative lens zooms in on how Lichfield’s early visions blossomed into a reality that has influenced countless lives — and not always for the better. The hosts meticulously outline the rise of WWASP, exploring the structures and outcomes of its programs. The tale is both eye-opening and heart-wrenching, particularly as they share a chilling clip from a survivor of the High Impact program in Tecate, Mexico, who recounts days of torment in dog cages under the harsh desert sun.

The series is more than just a podcast; it’s a beacon for those who’ve suffered in silence, offering them a platform to share their stories and spark discussions about the urgent need for reform and accountability within the industry.

Listeners eager for a blend of thorough investigation and impactful storytelling can tune in to new episodes of “Trapped in Treatment” every Tuesday. Paris Hilton continues her relentless quest for truth and justice, making this series essential listening for anyone passionate about advocacy and real change.

Stream the compelling saga of “Trapped in Treatment” and join the movement to shine a light on the dark corners of the troubled teen industry. Listen to “Trapped in Treatment” and be part of a necessary conversation that could reshape lives and industries alike.

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