The Box (torture)

The Box (torture)

The Box, also known as a hot box or sweatbox, is a method of solitary confinement used in humid and arid regions as a method of punishment. Anyone placed in one would experience extreme heat, dehydration, heat exhaustion, even death, depending on when and how long one was kept in one. Another variation of this punishment is known as sweating: the use of a heated room to punish or coerce a person into cooperating with the torturers.

Usage

*The technique was used by prisons in the American South until later in the 20th century. [http://www.dissidentvoice.org/July2004/Oxman0703.htm] [http://www.blackcommentator.com/142/142_slavery_2.html]
*Patrick Swiney reported being locked up in one in an Alabama prison in 1998, after publishing an inflammatory letter. [http://www.patrickcrusade.org/letters_to_news.htm]
*The North Vietnamese Army used the technique at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. [http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/moew95.html]
*It has been reported that the Chinese government has used "extreme heat" and "sweating" against dissidents. [http://www.tibet.com/Humanrights/HumanRights97/hr97-5.html]
*Use of a "sweatbox" has also been reported as a method of punishment in North Korean Concentration Camps, notably in Kang Chol-Hwan's book The Aquariums of Pyongyang.
*In 2008, it was revealed that the U.S. Military was detaining violent Iraqi prisoners in wooden crates, arousing concern of their use as hotboxes. [http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/08/07/segregation.boxes/index.html?eref=rss_topstories]

Examples in fictional media

* A character in " [http://www.badmovieplanet.com/3btheater/n/nightmarebadhamcounty.html Nightmare in Badham County!] " is tossed in a "hot box" for an escape attempt.
* In the episode Slave Island of "", Storm is punished in a sweatbox for attempting to attack one of the Sentinels and escape. Later, Jubilee is thrown in the box for leading a failed revolt against the camp guards. However, both are soon rescued by Gambit.
* In the episode Paradise of "Deep Space Nine", Commander Benjamin Sisko is punished by extremists using a hot box.
* In "Seven Days", protagonist Frank B. Parker was punished by Somalian militants with a hot box. This incident caused him to be committed to a secret CIA mental asylum.
* In "The Longest Yard", the lead character Paul Crewe is thrown in a hot box for a week to coerce him to participate in the warden's football activities.
* Gene Wilder's character was placed in a "hot box" in the film "Stir Crazy".
* In an episode of "", Bruce Wayne is thrown in a sweat box while on an undercover case.
* The movie "Bridge on the River Kwai" shows an attempt at coercing a British military officer into collaboration with the Japanese enemy.
* Towards the end of "Life is Beautiful", Joshua is told to stay in a sweatbox until all Germans have left in order to survive.
* The movie "Cool Hand Luke" depicts a Florida prison warden who puts Paul Newman's character Lucas 'Luke' Jackson into The Box for refusing to submit to the system.
* In the episode Mental as Anything of "Farscape", John Crichton is subjected to a hot box as a method of developing a mental resistance to Scarran heat-based punishment.
* During the episode Boxed In in the third season of "Prison Break", main character Michael Scofield is placed inside a hot box.

See also

*Torture chamber
*Solitary confinement
*Sensory deprivation


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