The makeshift prison was created by the conversion of seven soundproof shipping containers in a warehouse in the small village of Wouwse Plantage, near the border with Belgium.
When the Dutch police searched the containers, they found bags containing hedge trimmers, scalpels and pliers, tools which, according to the police, were “probably intended to torture the victims or at least to put them under pressure. “
The police had been informed by messages about EncroChat, an encrypted platform where users could talk privately between specially designed handsets.
The platform has been used by criminals, recently decoded by the French police and shared via Europol.
It is believed that there were 60,000 EncroChat users worldwide, including 10,000 in the UK, with prices set at £ 1,500 for a six month contract.
The investigation has already resulted in the seizure of thousands of kilograms of drugs and dozens of firearms by the police in the Netherlands and the Netherlands. United Kingdom.
Dutch police found messages on phones that included photos of the torture chamber – described as a “treatment room” – and the identities of the potential victims.
The torture chamber was searched in June, Dutch police said on Tuesday, adding that it had not been used and that potential victims had been warned and went underground.
Dutch police also searched other properties, including a criminal base near the city of Rotterdam, and found police uniforms, stolen vehicles, firearms and drugs.
Andy Kraag, head of the Dutch National Investigation Service, said that the police operation had “prevented a number of violent crimes”.
He said the investigation had “great results,” adding, “Believe me, many more results will follow.”