Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children say they were sexually abused while in US custody

immigrant child in custodyMore than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied migrant minors have been received by the Department of Health and Human Services in the past four years, CNN reports. CNN and Axios say Rep.Ted Deutch (D-FL) released internal HHS documents supporting the claims, along with 1,303 complaints that were reported to the Justice Department. Axios first reported on the agency documents.

“I am deeply concerned with documents that have been turned over by HHS that record a high number of sexual assaults on unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee and Resettlement,” Deutch said. “Together, these documents detail an environment of systemic sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied children.”

According to Axios, “Allegations against staff members reported to the DOJ included everything from rumors of relationships with (unaccompanied minors) UACs to showing pornographic videos to minors to forcibly touching minors’ genitals.”