(TFC) – We’ve seen the images. Children being torn from their asylum-seeking families. Kids in cages, like animals caught by the local animal control agency. It’s horrendous, it’s evil, it’s against everything America is supposed to represent, but there’s an even larger problem.
The agencies involved in this debacle are known for raping and sexually assaulting detainees. Not in isolated incidents, but by the thousands. That’s not an exaggeration. The Intercept obtained 1224 complaints about sexual abuse in ICE custody. That’s staggering, but according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), that’s only 2% of the total number of complaints.
“…officials with the DHS Office of Inspector General indicated that the office received some 33,000 complaints between 2010 and 2016 alleging a wide range of abuses in immigration detention. The OIG provided records documenting investigations for just 2 percent of the complaints it shared with The Intercept.”
33,000. What kind of abuses were mentioned? The allegations in the complaints are horrific. A male detainee was forced to perform oral sex on a male immigration officer. A woman was maced and then forced to endure a male guard pressing his erect penis into her from behind while other guards watched. Sodomy. A woman raped by a medical worker. It’s a never-ending barrage of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
Out of the 1224 complaints obtained, only 43 were investigated by the OIG. Out of the full 33,000, only 247 were investigated by the OIG. That’s less than 1%. No statement by the government on how widespread the problem is can be trusted because they simply refuse to even pretend to investigate themselves.
At an immigration center in Pennsylvania, there are handbooks for detainees. The English version clearly states there is a zero-tolerance policy in regards to sexual assault and harassment. The Spanish version? It advises women to not talk about sex so they can avoid being assaulted. In this particular facility, the only prosecuted case of sexual assault was a government employee assaulting a teenaged girl. She had fled Honduras to avoid being raped. The perpetrator was locked up for only five months.
However, that case was the exception. It was actually prosecuted, most aren’t even investigated. At a GEO Group-run facility, a female minor reported a sexual assault. A medical exam said she showed indications of vaginal scarring and a sexually transmitted disease. ICE declared the complaint “unfounded” even though there was ample physical evidence.
However, as is a trend with federal agencies, in many cases when a victim reports the crime, they are placed in solitary confinement. A tactic, immigrants rights groups say, designed to pressure the victim into withdrawing the complaint.
Remember that sexual assault is always underreported. There are tens of thousands of these cases. Children will be sexually assaulted as a result of the President’s policy of separating children from their families. It’s not a question of if children will be assaulted, but how many. A dozen? Hundreds? A thousand? How many kids are you ok with being raped? Is your fear of asylum-seekers so great that you’ll offer up children to predators like some pimp in a back alley?