Monday, September 16, 2013

Police launch investigation into claims of sexual abuse at immigration centre in Bedfordshire

Police have launched an investigation into claims that a woman who was held at an immigration removal centre was subject to inappropriate sexual behaviour from guards.

The 23-year-old alleges that she had sexual contact with male guards at Yarl's Wood in Bedfordshire, which her lawyer said could amount to misconduct in public office.

Harriet Wistrich of the law firm Birnberg Peirce urged the government to investigate and said consent could be an issue in the matter. Wistrich said the alleged case revealed by the Observer, involving a Roma woman who was released from the centre last March, was not an isolated one.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/15/police-launch-investigation-sexual-abuse-claims-immigration-centre

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