Sources have revealed shocking new claims exclusively to In Touch about how Kate Gosselin treats her eight kids.

While the kids seem to be living it up during their TLC show Kate Plus 8, when the cameras aren’t rolling the fun stops. From constant surveillance and endless chores to regular pat-downs and strict edicts about what they can and can’t wear while visiting their dad, Jon Gosselin, the Gosselin children, claims an insider, “are prisoners in their own home.”

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Kate is especially unyielding when it comes to the kids visiting their father. “Kate says no clothing or belongings can be brought from her house to Jon’s house, so the kids arrive for visitation [at Jon’s] in their school uniforms and change into clothes Jon has for them when they get to his house,” the insider explains. “Then they put their uniforms back on before head­ing to their mom’s house.”

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The insider also mentions that the star is vigilant about checking for cell phones, as none of the kids are allowed to have one. “So after they visit with their dad, she lines the kids up and pats them down for cell phones.”

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“She has these insane practices and rules to ensure she has total control of everything her kids do,” the source adds.

Kate has accused Jon in the past of being a drug dealer and even suggested that he had a suspicious relationship with their daughter, Hannah.

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“Jon had no idea at the time that she accused him of having an inappropriate relationship with Hannah,” a source previously revealed to In Touch. “He was upset when he found out.”

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