A border police officer sexually harassed the mother of a 12-year-old Guatemalan boy without papers while keeping the child in custody in a closed center by forcing him to watch video chat while masturbating.
The mother, who was not mentioned, spoke to The Washington Post on condition of anonymity to share her story and to warn others in similar positions.
She lived illegally in California for most of her life and had sent her son to Guatemala when he turned 12 because she feared he was old enough to be the target of gangs.
In April, he was scooped up at the border and taken to the detention center in Clint, Texas, where he was held in poor conditions until he was moved.
The detention center in Clint, Texas, where the wife's son was taken in April after being scooped up at the border
Two days after he was detained, he called her to tell him where he was. At that time, an agent took the phone from him and said: & senora, your son is OK. & # 39;
She flattered him and tried to keep the conversation going in the hope that it would establish a direct bond with her son while he was being held in custody.
The agent offered to add her on Facebook during their first phone call and gave her a description of the alias he would use to do it.
Later that evening, when someone with that alias came up for her, she knew it was him.
He immediately asked for video chat with her, but when she accepted the call, the camera pointed to his middle section and not to his face.
He was lying and she could only see his brown pants, she said.
The mother asked him to show his face and he briefly moved the camera towards himself.
Then, after a few minutes of talking, she asked if she was alone. When she replied that she was, he started masturbating.
& # 39; I was in shock. I could not believe it. I didn't know how to act. I thought: & # 39; My God, what will happen to my child? Did this guy hurt him? & # 39; & # 39; She said.
While masturbating, the agent told her to look at him and repeatedly asked her if she liked & # 39;
Their video chat was interrupted when her phone died, she said.
When she loaded it, he had sent her a message with sad faces several times and she had written that I needed you in Spanish.
The next day she texted him to ask her son to speak. He told her he was busy.
Afraid that if she told him at the Dutch DPA that she would be deported herself, she contacted the immigration hotline and told them what had happened.
They, in turn, referred the complaints to the Dutch DPA that initiated an investigation.
It is still unclear what came out of that probe and whether the agent will remain employed.
Protesters are seen outside of Clint on July 11. The center is exposed to some of the worst conditions in detention centers
The woman was reunited with her son in June and it is now unknown where they live.
He told her that when he was at the Clint Center, the agent who had harassed her was the one he and the other children most feared.
He said he & # 39; ugly & # 39; mentioned and told them that if they looked at his weapon or touched it without his permission, he would shoot them.
The mother says she is now afraid that he will look for them because she has given her address and information to the CBP while they have investigated the allegations.
& # 39; He could come or send someone else. He's the law, right? & # 39; she said.
Clint was forced to relocate most of the children it had earlier this summer, after a group of lawyers uncovered the horrific conditions inside.
Breastfeeding women did not receive enough food and children went without bathing for days.
The woman's son told her that he was not allowed to brush his teeth for eight days.
In a statement, CBP said: "The vast majority of CBP employees are dedicated, honest, compassionate, and honest professionals.
& # 39; This alleged behavior is not in line with our code of conduct and will not be tolerated. & # 39;
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