A torture chamber has been discovered inside a shipping container, complete with a dentist’s chair to hold prisoners and sound-proofing to stifle their screams.
Police in the Netherlands used explosives to enter the warehouse, where they made the grisly discovery, and arrested six people on suspicion of kidnapping and hostage taking.
Seven shipping containers were found inside the building in the town of Wouwse Plantage near the southern border with Belgium.
Six of the containers were used as prison cells.
‘Suspects called the seventh container the ‘treatment room’, which was very clearly meant for and prepared to torture people,’ officers said in a statement.
Handcuffs were attached to the ceilings and floors of the cells, which could be watched remotely via a video feed.
The site was found during an investigation into a 40-year-old man from The Hague who is suspected of drug trafficking and plotting an execution.
Police were able to read texts sent on the encrypted messaging app EncroChat, enabling them to follow real time conversations between the criminals, who swapped pictures of the dental chair.
Police also confiscated 24 kilograms of the drug MDMA, police clothing, stolen vehicles and weapons.
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