Guards film sexual abuse of refugees in Nauru detention camp

Refugees pushed to prostitution and filmed by guards in Nauru detention camp

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A former charity worker alleged on Sunday that security guards in a Nauru detention centre for refugee had sex with female refugees and shared videotapes of their intimacy.  

Many Nauran and Australian guards reportedly demanded sex from female detainees in exchange for showers and drugs.

Some of victims were filmed, Charlotte Wilson, a former Save the Children case manager who worked in the detention centre from January 2014 to February 2015 said, according to The Independent.

Charlotte Wilson also made a submission to an Australian Senate for an investigation over sexual abuse allegations in the detention centre.

“It is common knowledge that guards, who work for a firm called Wilson Security, subcontracted by Transfield Services, frequently abused their positions of power by bartering and trading, including of sexual favours, within the camp,” Wilson said.

Wilson also claimed that she warned the management of the camp. "I was told that this was acknowledged in management meetings between service providers and that it was also established that these acts had been filmed and circulated around Wilson (Security) staff," she said

According to Wilson, these kinds of exchanges is considered to be legal in the camp so nobody has attempted to halt it.

The Nauru detention centre can host around 1,200 refugees. It was established in 2001 with a special agreement between Australia and Nauru in return for 20 million Australian dollars of development aid for the undeveloped island.

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