25 Disturbing Modern Torture Methods

Torture has been around for a long time, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone away. There are numerous modern torture methods and devices. Hopefully one day torture will be a thing of the past, but until then we should all be aware of modern torture cases, at the very least to raise awareness. These are 25 Disturbing Modern Torture Methods.

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Water Dungeon

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Allegedly used against Falun Gong practitioners in China, this torture method involves placing the victim in a cage (sometimes lined with spikes) and then partially submerging the cage in filthy water that comes up to the prisoner’s neck.


Cold Cell

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This is one of the few “enhanced” interrogation techniques that the CIA is actually authorized to use. The cold cell involves placing the prisoner in front of an air conditioning unit running on full blast…sometimes for years at a time (allegedly).



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This is the classic medieval prisoner treatment (sometimes confused with the stocks). Although it has been banned in most countries, it is still used in some regions of the world as a form of public humiliation.



PicanaSource: stoptorture.blogspot.com

Adopted from the cattle prod, this device is designed to give electric shocks during torture.


The Squat

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It may seem benign, but imagine squatting for weeks on end. Sometimes nails are placed beneath the victims heels so they have to keep their heels off the ground as well.

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