Sisters from Guatemala claim Border Patrol agent sexually assaulted them
US Customs and Border Protection officer allegedly took sisters into ‘closet-like room’, told them to remove their clothes and sexually assaulted them.
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Two teenage sisters fleeing violence in Guatemala were sexually assaulted by a US Customs and Border Protection officer in Texas after crossing the Mexican border, according to claims filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The sisters, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the incident in July 2016, were in a field office in Presidio when an agent took them into a “closet-like room” one at a time, told them to remove their clothes and sexually assaulted them, as reported in The Guardian, quoting a statement by ACLU.
“We had fled Guatemala for fear, and then this happened to us,” the older sister, now 20, said in a phone call with reporters. In tears, she added: “The purpose and reason why we’re sharing our story today is to prevent this from happening to any women and to ask the agents to have sympathy.”
The complaint comes at a time when Donald Trump has pledged to add 5,000 more border agents to the force to support his anti-immigration agenda, as reported in The Guardian.
The claims, seeking $750,000 in compensation for each sister, describe in graphic detail the alleged molestation by the Border Patrol officer, whose identity remains unclear.
“What happened in that closet has caused me so much pain and sadness,” the older sister said.” I’m telling my story because I don’t want anyone else to go through this. I hope the officer will be honest about what he did and take responsibility for his actions. This is the only way we’ll be able to ensure this never happens again.” As reported the Los Angeles Times.