Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary has described the evidence of abuse at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre as “appalling”.
Reacting to HM Inspectorate's report which revealed that two staff had sex with a female detainee at the Yarl's Wood, Ms. Cooper said: “The Home Office and Serco have a responsibility to act much faster and much more effectively to stamp out abuse and make sure vulnerable women get the support and help they need. Yarl's Wood is improving much too slowly.”
She said the Home Office has not yet said how long it knew abuse was taking place at Yarl's Wood. Ms. Cooper further asked the Home Office to say why it is continues to fail to spot the signs of trafficking or of mental illness.
"The Home Office cannot shirk responsibility,” Ms. Cooper said. “Serco may run the centre but it is up to the Home Office to make sure people are being treated humanely with proper procedures and training in place.”
Ms. Cooper added: "Our immigration system must be efficient, effective and beyond reproach – especially in how it deals with vulnerable people. There cannot be any place for abuse anywhere within that system."