Detention Centers For Migrant Youth Are “Goldmines” For Child Predators

ProPublica discovered hundreds of allegations of abuse at migrant youth shelters after obtaining police reports.

ProPublica obtained police reports and call logs for 70 of the approximately 100 migrant youth shelters contracted by the U.S. Health and Human Services department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Rather than finding the supposed safe havens described by Trump administration officials, ProPublica found hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse, fights and missing children.

“If you’re a predator, it’s a gold mine,” said Lisa Fortuna, director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Boston Medical Center. “You have full access and then you have kids that have already had this history of being victimized.”

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