A British charity which rehabilitates survivors of torture has come up with an ingenious promotion technique.
In the media section of April 30′s edition of the British Guardian newspaper, there is an ad for a “Torturer”, starting on £16,000 to £21,000 a year.
As the ad goes on:
The government of a Middle Eastern state is recruiting a senior torturer to work in a well-equipped prison. Our ideal candidate would be prepared to inflict extreme pain and suffering.
Familiarity with dental and medical equipment and knowledge of human anatomy is required. Daily work will involve penetrating injuries, blunt trauma, electric shocking, asphyxiation and traumatic removal of digits and limbs. Exposure to body fluids is inevitable but, where appropriate, protective clothing can be provided.
Candidates will be expected to inspire a small but enthusiastic team to go beyond what they ever believed possible.
There’s another one for “Abuser”:
A militia group in Central Africa is recruiting a Senior Human Rights Abuser to work in an informal detention facility.
Our ideal candidate is experienced in violence and inflicting extreme pain and suffering.
Almost everyone in media/communications working in Britain reads these ads.
The ads lead to a website link for Freedom from Torture, the only national organization in the UK dedicated solely to the rehabilitation of survivors of torture and organized violence.
Canít believe what youíre reading? Thatís only because jobs like this are not usually advertised. But the jobs exist and thereís no shortage of candidates.
As well as working with torture survivors who have reached the UK, the group works for an end to torture and impunity in other countries. Its work on torture in Sri Lanka, which I wrote about last year, has been key in exposing how torture continues in that country, long after the end of the civil war.
Watch a short film about the work of Freedom from Torture: