The scandals are coming thick and fast for the piece of shit coalition that’s running the UK at the moment. On the back of the long running Westminster child rape, torture, murder allegations to the latest HSBC tax scandal, we now have the Yarl’s Wood revelations hitting the news.
Yarl’s Wood is one of several privately run immigration detention centres in the UK and is all too often caught up in controversy as well as tragedy. It is run by Serco which receives hundreds of millions of pounds of tax payers money to mete out brutal and abusive treatment to vulnerable women and children on behalf of the UK government.
Many of the female detainees in Yarl’s Wood are victims of sexual abuse but the guards are predominantly men. In June 2014 Yarl’s Wood was the subject of 31 allegations of sexual misconduct and after being investigated a number of staff were dismissed.
However, a recent Channel 4 undercover investigation revealed guards subjecting female detainees to appalling verbal abuse calling them “animals”, “beasties” and “black bitches”.
Guards were also filmed intimidating detainees with threats of violence but most sickening of all, it was shown that a detainee had to beg guards to see a doctor after she had suffered a miscarriage even though it could be seen that she was bleeding profusely. An ambulance wasn’t called for more than three hours as the poor women was told she had to wait her turn by the shit-headed guards.
The medical centre in Yarl’s Wood is sub-contracted to another multinational corporation, G4S, which is also adept at scrounging billions of pounds from the UK tax payer.
Instances of self harm are rife with 74 separate cases requiring medical attention recorded in 2013 alone. But of course a Tory minister, Lord Bates, denied that there had been any such cases in the past two years. But of course he would say that wouldn’t he?
And the litany of abuse doesn’t stop there. The following is an extract from a corporate watch article. This same article also reports on the tragic death of Christine Case, 40-year-old Jamaican woman, who died at Yarl’s Wood in March 2014 after allegedly being denied medical treatment:
“In September 2013, Serco faced allegations that its guards at Yarl’s Wood had raped and sexually harassed detainees.
In March 2013, a Ugandan woman died after injuries allegedly sustained during her deportation from Yarl’s Wood.
In September 2012, a group of women detained at Yarl’s Wood issued a series of demands in protest at their treatment.
In February 2010, Serco violently forced dozens of detainees to end a hunger-strike.”
So is it any wonder that the Home Office barred access to Yarl’s Wood in April 2014, to a UN special rapporteur investigating violence against women.
And after all of that has happened, Serco was awarded an eight year extension of its contract to run Yarl’s Wood in November 2014.
The UK is now the only country in Europe that detains immigrants indefinitely. The immigrants held in these detention centres have committed no crime and yet are treated worse than criminals, all because of the colour of their skin.
And the reason for all of this occurring is that there is much money to be made from detaining immigrants indefinitely. Detention centres need detainees so that the private companies running them can make their vast profits.
The following image shows the how the Home Office is related to the private corporations running the UK’s immigration detention centres:
This image is also from corporation watch website
We should note that the Home Office minister, Theresa May, is married to the Director of G4S and he is also a major shareholder in the company.
The Home Office changed the immigration rules in 2012 which has led to many non EU immigrants who were previously living in the UK legally, suddenly finding themselves criminalised if their visa renewals are refused and subject to detention in these same facilities if they refuse to leave the UK voluntarily.
More meat for the grinder and more profits for the companies that these ministers and their families undoubtedly have shares in.