Women ‘be­ing watched on loo in prison’

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WOMEN held at an im­mi­gra­tion prison are be­ing watched by male staff when naked or us­ing the toi­let, a refugee char­ity claims.

Most of the women who claim to be rou­tinely watched by male staff at Yarl’s Wood de­ten­tion cen­tre are vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence, Women for Refugee Women said in a re­port.

The char­ity spoke to 38 women who were re­cently or cur­rently de­tained in the Bed­ford­shire cen­tre, of whom 33 said that they were seen by male staff in in­ti­mate sit­u­a­tions in­clud­ing when naked, when in bed, when on the toi­let and when in the bath­room.

One in­ter­vie­wee said: “I was on sui­cide watch and so was my room mate. A man and a woman were watch­ing us. We asked if the man could leave while we went to the toi­let and he re­fused.”

Last year the Home Of­fice said: “Male staff would not su­per­vise women show­er­ing, dress­ing or un­dress­ing.”

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