Countless women have been raped by male guards at the for-profit Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.
The male guards have open access to women detainees’ cells. Any time, day or night, guards can enter women’s cells and abuse them.
The Karnes County Residential Center is a jail, a prison that is called a “holding center” for undocumented immigrants. Because so few are able to get a glimpse inside of jails of this nature, the guards are more or less allowed to do whatever they want.
Prisoners there say that it is “an environment of rape and harassment,” which forces them to perform “sexual favors” in exchange for basic necessities which guards say are “favors”.
Geo Group Inc., the corporation that runs the jail facility for undocumented immigrants, denies the allegations, calling their prison “family friendly.”
“The Karnes County Residential Center provides a safe, clean, and family-friendly environment for mothers and children awaiting required processing by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency,” the Geo Group’s vice president of corporate relations, Pablo Paez, attempted to justify.