A disproportionate amount of women are being singled out for strip searches at Gatwick Airport, according to a new report.
The Government's chief inspector of immigration, John Vine, also revealed that Afro-Caribbean women in particular are being targeted, after carrying out a study into the conduct of Border Force staff in the immigration and customs department of the airport's North Terminal last summer.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: "Although the majority of person searches involved men, women were significantly more likely to be subject to a strip search than men if a search was undertaken."
In fact, his research revealed that 54% of women who were stopped and inspected were later strip searched compared with only 20% of men.
Mr Vine said there were "insufficient grounds" for women to be stopped in the first place, never mind for a strip search to be conducted.
Reasons give by Border Force staff to strip search women included that they had only bought a ticket one day one day before travel, they were carrying £200 in cash, and because they said they were visiting Britain to look for hair and beauty products.
Guidance issued to staff at airports is reportedly now being rewritten.
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