A body cavity search , also known simply as a cavity search , is either a visual search or a manual internal inspection of body cavities for prohibited materials contraband , such as illegal drugs, money, jewelry, or weapons. Body cavities used for concealment include nostrils , ears , mouth , navel , penis urethra and foreskin or vagina , and rectum. It is far more invasive than the standard strip search that is typically performed on individuals taken into custody, either upon police arrest or incarceration at a jail, prison , or psychiatric hospital. Often the procedure is repeated when the person leaves the institution.
Women Describe Invasive Strip Searches on Visits to City Jails
Conducting Strip Searches
On March 31, , women allege that they were marched from their rooms to an open gym. With no warning and no time to prepare, they were ordered to strip naked, forced to lift their breasts, and commanded to turn around, bend over, and present themselves to a visual body and cavity search, according to a federal complaint. Many of them were in open view of other women and men. As the women stood naked, shoulder to shoulder with other women, people milling about began humiliating and mocking them : for their smells, for their bodies, for their nakedness, all believed to be fair game. Women who were menstruating were forced to remove their tampons and sanitation pads in public. They were forced to stand in their own blood.
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Inquiry told of invasive searches on teens at Lost City music festival in Sydney, where only five of 30 cases had support person present. On its opening morning the counsel assisting the commission, Peggy Dwyer, told the hearing at least 30 strip-searches were conducted on minors at the festival. In NSW, officers must not conduct a strip-search outside a police station unless the urgency and seriousness of the situation requires it. In the case of minors, a parent or guardian must be present unless an immediate search is necessary to protect the person or prevent the destruction of evidence. But the inquiry heard only five of the 30 searches were conducted in the presence of a support person.
Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Police directed a year-old to expose his genitals and officers illegally stripsearched at least 25 children at a Sydney music festival this year, an inquiry has heard. Counsel Assisting Dr Peggy Dwyer told the hearing only five of 30 teenagers police stripsearched during the event had a parent or guardian present while the procedure was completed, despite it being required by law. The hearings will focus on three cases of boys aged 15, 16 and 17 who were stripsearched at the music festival.