I almost took Bob’s advice and turned my volume down for this section because I can be incredibly squeamish but I kept it up and was horrified by what I heard. There is so much about this story that disgusts me. First, the preliminary searches of the woman started off graphic and showed absolutely nothing. It was bad enough what they did to the woman at the border, but to then force her to go through an entire medical examination essentially in public baffles me. Not only was she subject to this abuse from the officers and medical examiner, it was with the door wide open and other officers standing by. If all of the preliminary searches and x-ray’s do not show anything, why must the woman sit through hours more or abuse? There was no evidence in the first place that she had anything other than the dog signaling her out, which could have been due to another factor. I understand that border searches must be thorough but to submit an innocent woman to sexual abuse, which this absolutely was, and then force her to pay is disgusting. I was appalled when I heard that she was given the bill for something she had never agreed to in the first place. The officers used the hospital bill to force her into signing their consent form in order to avoid any issues with the law, which they would absolutely face if people really knew what was going on at the border. As appalled as I am, I wish I was more surprised. Sexual assault is so incredibly common it is terrifying and I am not surprised that it was done in this manner and that they choose to ignore the fact that it is sexual assault. It truly disgusts me that this woman was subject to such awful treatment and abuse by those who vowed to keep her safe.
Invasive Cavity Search at the Border