According to documents made available to the public on Tuesday, almost 6,000 migrant children have been reportedly sexually abused while in U.S. custody.
The documents were brought to the fore by Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the family separations. The documents are from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to Buzzfeed, the report shows that staff in the facilities housing are reported to have touched minors’ genitals, showed children pornography, and kissed them.
The documents detail 178 allegations of sexual abuse by staff members on minors and at least 833 allegations of unaccompanied children sexually abusing other children. At least 19 accusations of sexual abuse of unaccompanied children included adults who did not work at these facilities.
“These HHS documents detail a staggering number of sexual assaults on unaccompanied children in their custody,” said Deutch in a statement. “Clearly this administration is not equipped to keep these children safe inside their facilities.”