Chief inspector of prisons expresses concern that Home Office refused to accept rape came within legal definition of torture

Increasing numbers of women are being detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre despite professional evidence that they are victims of torture, rape and trafficking, according to a report by the chief inspector of prisons.

Peter Clarke said he was concerned to find during an official inspection of the privately run detention centre in Bedfordshire that in two cases, the Home Office had refused, without explanation, to accept that rape came within the legal definition of torture.

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