Dutch police discovered a secret makeshift prison with a torture chamber inside a cargo container and arrested six men believed to be involved in its operation near the Belgian-Dutch border.
The operation was launched after Dutch and French police conducted a sting operation against the encrypted messaging platform EnCro which is widely used by criminal networks in Europe.
Information regarding the existence of the torture chambers was found by police operatives after they intercepted photos and messages which led them to a makeshift “hell-like prison” in Wouwse Plantage, some 10 kilometers from the Flemish town of Essen, in the province of Antwerp.
The prison was composed of seven shipping containers, six of which were used as holding cells while the remaining one was a dedicated torture chamber complete with a dentist's chair, tools including pliers and scalpels, and handcuffs.
Police raided the location before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding.
“The image of the sea containers is chilling and nothing short of shocking. In each of the cells, handcuffs were hanging from the ceiling and put on the floor, so as to chain a standing person with their arms raised. Further, there was only one chemical toilet,” the Dutch police said.
Aside from torture implements, police also found several sets of police gear and uniforms, including bulletproof vests and flashing lights.
The suspects would be held in custody for 90 days before being tried for their crimes.
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