Women ‘being watched on loo in prison’
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.”