Transfield Services staff accused of sexual abuse at detention centre in Nauru, handling immigration cases for Australian Govt.

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20 July 2015

Sacked Nauru Detention Centre worker speaks out ahead of Senate inquiry

Author: Alex McClintock, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.)

Natasha Blucher was one of 10 Nauru Immigration Detention Centre workers sacked last year over reports they'd coached asylum seekers to self-harm and make false allegations of abuse...[She says] her case illustrates the system's lack of oversight and accountability [and that]...abuse at the centre remains underreported...A review by former integrity commissioner Phillip Moss, released in March, found no evidence that the Save the Children workers [including Blucher] acted inappropriately.  Transfield Services...[which] runs the Nauru centre, says it has received 67 allegations of child abuse...almost half against staff. Thirty-three asylum seekers have alleged rape or sexual assault...

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20 July 2015

Transfield defends handling of child abuse reports

Author: SBS (Australia)

The company operating offshore immigration centres has defended its conduct, amid allegations some of its staff members abused child asylum seekers on Nauru. Senior officials from Transfield Services have told [an Australian] Senate inquiry, six members of the company's staff have been dismissed and the cases have been referred onto the Nauruan police... Transfield Services have confirmed that it has received 67 allegations of child abuse at the centre on Nauru. 30 of the allegations were made against staff at the facility. It says 33 asylum seekers claim to have been raped or sexually assaulted. Transfield's Commercial Manager Erin O' Sullivan has told the Senate inquiry, the company has taken what he called decisive action when the allegations were raised... Transfield has only just introduced a human rights policy over the past week, committing itself to treating asylum seekers with dignity.

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