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    Women have been subjected to sexual assault and other abuses by members of staff at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal center in the east of the United Kingdom

    Women in UK Yarl's Wood Asylum Center Sexually Assaulted by Staff: Report

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    Women's refugee organization stated in a report that women have been subjected to sexual assault and other abuses by members of staff at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal center in the east of the UK.

    MOSCOW, January 14 (Sputnik) Women have been subjected to sexual assault and other abuses by members of staff at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal center in the east of the United Kingdom, a women's refugee organization said in a report Wednesday.

    "There have been recent reports of sexual assaults within Yarl's Wood. In June 2014 the management of Yarl's Wood said that 31 allegations of sexual contact had been investigated and 10 staff had been dismissed," the report posted on the Women for Refugee Women website read.

    The report was compiled between June and October 2014, based on the comprehensive accounts of 38 women who came to the United Kingdom to seek asylum and were detained at Yarl's Wood.

    According to the report, six women said that a member of staff made a sexual suggestion to them, three said that they were touched sexually and seven said that they were assaulted by a member of staff.

    Another twenty-nine said that they were bullied by a member of staff and twenty-five said that they experienced a member of staff being racist to them. Twenty-four women reported witnessing another woman in detention being subjected to some kind of abusive behavior.

    The report highlighted that the UK Home Office detained 2038 women seeking asylum in 2013, with almost half being held for more than a month. The majority of the women came from countries where they had experienced traumatizing sexual and physical abuse.

    "This suggests that the UK government is still routinely detaining large numbers of women who are survivors of rape, sexual violence and other torture," the report stated.

    The Women for Refugee Women called on UK authorities to rule out the detention of women who have experienced any gender-based violence, and to change the conditions under which women are detained at the center.

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