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Dutch Drug Cartel Create HOSTEL-Esque Torture Chamber & “Prisons” in Shipping Containers

In Eli Roth’s Hostel (released in 2005), a couple of hedonistic young Americans party it up in the Netherlands before running afoul of a torture club in Slovakia. If the film were to be remade today, a change of geography might not be necessary. It turns out, there’s some seriously scary shit doing down in the land of dikes and red-light districts.

Synopsis:
Best friends Josh (Derek Richardson) and Paxton (Jay Hernandez) decide to spend the summer after college graduation on an all-out backpacking trip across Europe. While stopping in Amsterdam to indulge their tastes for drugs and sex, they meet Oli (Eythor Gudjonsson), a like-minded traveler from Iceland. When the three bachelors set off to investigate enticing rumors of a Slovakian hostel in a city populated by lusty women, they find themselves drawn unwittingly into a deadly game.

Fox News reports that Dutch authorities discovered make-shift prisons and torture chambers in a warehouse owned by a dangerous underground drug syndicate.

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In this grab taken from video made available by the Netherlands Police on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, a view of a sea container equipped as a torture chamber, in Wouwse Plantage, Netherlands. Dutch police say they have arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber” complete with a dentist’s chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs. (Netherlands Police via AP)

Detectives discovered the seven converted sea containers in a warehouse in Wouwse Plantage, a small village in the southwestern Netherlands, close to the border with Belgium.

“Six of the containers were intended as cells in which people could be tied up and one container was intended as a torture chamber,” Andy Kraag, head of the police’s National Investigation Service, said in a video released by police, adding that the police operation “prevented a number of violent crimes.”

Just as scary as the chamber itself: Police identified a list of potential victims, who have since been notified and are now in hiding.

Could this be a real-life version of Elite Hunting at work? Let’s hope not!

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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