An investigation has been launched in Australia after police strip-searched 30 kids at a music competition.
One officer ran his arms across the buttocks of a 17-year-old boy and touched his genitals through the probably unlawful searches on the Misplaced Metropolis Music competition in Sydney.
The occasion for under-18s was held in Sydney Olympic Park on February 23 and is now the topic of an inquiry by New South Wales Police.
Australian police are solely allowed to hold out strip-searches in severe conditions, and a guardian or guardian should be current if minors are focused.
As public hearings started Peggy Dwyer, counsel to the inquiry, mentioned three ladies and 27 boys had been strip-searched and, in accordance with information, solely 5 had an acceptable grownup with them.
The inquiry targeted on the circumstances of three boys who had been informed by officers to the touch their very own genitals.
A type of, a 15-year-old boy mentioned: “I felt like I’d simply completed one thing flawed however, like, I’m simply making an attempt to go to a music competition.”
The 17-year-old boy mentioned he was informed to “elevate up his balls” and “squat and cough,” the inquiry heard.
Dr Dwyer mentioned: “He did so, after which requested, ‘Why is that this taking place?'”