The police minister for the state of New South Wales, David Elliott, acknowledged that officers had not always abided by standard procedures in conducting strip searches of children, which are legal if the circumstances are urgent and a parent or guardian is present. But he said that if drugs were uncovered in the process, parents would nonetheless be happy. Civil liberties advocates strenuously disagreed. They called the searches an invasive overstep of paternalistic police powers that leave psychological trauma.
Girls as Young as 12 Were Strip-Searched in Australia
8-year-old Virginia girl was strip searched during a state prison visit, authorities say - CNN
She said she decided to share her story after seeing a NewsChannel 5 investigation into the deputy that pulled her over. Deputy Brandon Young resigned from the White County Sheriff's Department in July, after the FBI began investigating an arrest in which he ordered his police dog to repeatedly bite an unarmed woman, who was hiding in a closet. NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned the woman who was repeatedly bitten in that arrest, Tonya Qualls, was also pulled over by Brandon Young and strip searched last year. Several attorneys have told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that officers should get a search warrant before they conduct a strip search on someone pulled over for a traffic violation, and even then the search should be done in private, not on the side of a public road. Tosha Henry will never forget what happened to her and the 30 year old female passenger in her car on October 19, last year. White County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Young pulled over Henry and her female passenger for a "non-functional tag light" according to his incident report.
Prison Officials Made an 8-Year-Old Girl Get Strip-Searched Before Visiting Her Dad
They were "horrible and demeaning", Georgia Wood says of the police officers who strip-searched her when she was just 12 years old. She remembers being taken into police custody in south Wales eight years ago by officers who suspected her mother of possessing drugs. And they literally just said 'this is what's going to happen and we're going to do it'. No drugs were found on Georgia, now aged 20, or her mother Karen Archer - who was never charged with an offence. South Wales Police said officers admitted they had mistakenly carried out a strip search without an appropriate adult present and two officers had received management action.
CNN An 8-year-old girl visiting her father at a Virginia prison was strip searched last month in violation of state policy, authorities said. The child was visiting her father, who is an inmate at Buckingham Correctional Center, Kinney said. The girl was accompanied by an adult visitor who was not her parent or legal guardian. The staff member who ordered the search didn't have the authority to do so and is facing disciplinary action, Kinney said.