Wanted: Torturer – Join Our Small But Enthusiastic Team

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.

They say:

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:

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New Report Documents Torture in Sri Lanka (Video)

Gay Iraqiís Story of Death Threats and Attempted Rape (VIDEO)

American Torture: 40 Years in Solitary


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Maybe the US government has a candidate or two that they no longer need.

Sian R.
Sian R5 years ago

It sees many Care2 respondants have been taken in by this ad.
Why am I not surprised?

Berny P.
Berny p5 years ago

Seem to have problem with this page!!!

Berny P.
Berny p5 years ago

It does indeed draw attention to the actual abuses that are occurring around the world today.

Satire is a very efficient way to draw people to and familiarize them with an issue and the Brits are good at it!

Of course you will always have morons who think this is real.....and poor Britain as quite a few too!!

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

They can train at Gitmo.

Ayesha Begum
Ayesha B5 years ago

Nice ad, will get people thinking

Dominic C.
Dominic C5 years ago

To tell the truth, the pay ain't bad at all. Consider how much one gets paid in Africa or any 3rd world nations - this amount is actually an eye opener. But if the ad is to add more injury to tortured candidates then its only an insult. If the ad is to recruit would-be torturers and trained and educate them that there are non-coercive and non-torture interrogation techniques then it will change these people. But seriously, do you think perpetrators, mobster-minded government agents, oppressors and dictators care about what techniques are employed? Torture is only for information; the candidate can be considered dead upon capture.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad5 years ago

Frances...Are you one of them as anyone who would make such an idiotic statement such as yours, leaves me to wonder if you should apply!

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Is Dick Cheney one of the top instructors?

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago