Suffering is no different to any other commodity: you get what you pay for. If you skimp on your suffering budget, you only get mild school-level ennui. Spend a bit more and you can get a some genuine long-term trauma. But if you want to cause genuine soul-destroying anguish, it's going to cost you.
It turns out it would be vastly cheaper to treat asylum seekers like actual human beings and provide proper housing and education services. But the Department of Immigration still says Nauru is a bargain.
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