The US health department has reportedly received more than 4,500 complaints against sexual abuse of migrant children detained in US custody between 2014 and 2018.
The revelation was made on Tuesday by US Congressman Ted Deutch during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Donald Trump administration’s policy of family separations at the border.
Deutch said the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a part of Health and Human Services (HHS), had received 4,556 complaints against sexual abuse and harassment of unaccompanied migrant children in government-funded shelters from October 2014 to July 2018.
The Department of Justice had also received an additional 1,303 complaints, including 178 allegations of sexual abuse by adult staff.
The cases included allegations of inappropriate touching, staff members allegedly watching minors while they bathed and showing indecent videos to minors.
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