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Home Office contractors paid for sex abroad while on trips to deport migrants, report claims 

Home Office contractors paid for sex abroad while on trips to deport migrants, report claims 

Interior Ministry contractors flying abroad to deport migrants paid for prostitutes during the trips were alleged yesterday.

Five whistleblowers alleged that colleagues used sex workers during overnight stays after escorting migrants on flights from the UK.

The use of prostitutes is said to have taken place over a period of ten years in Romania, Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and Brazil.

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft is said to have expressed concern about the allegations with services giant Mitie, which manages the deportations.

A contractor from the Home Office told The Guardian that a colleague “had a phone that he called his ‘little black book’ especially for jobs abroad to arrange these contacts.”

Another added: ‘The money paid by these Home Office contractors who use sex workers while carrying out deportations abroad goes further than in the UK.

“But it’s taxpayers’ money being used to fly us to these places where sex is paid for.”

Five whistleblowers alleged that Home Office colleagues used sex workers during overnight stays after accompanying migrants on flights from the UK.  (stock image)

Five whistleblowers alleged that Home Office colleagues used sex workers during overnight stays after accompanying migrants on flights from the UK. (stock image)

A third contractor said: ‘This practice among home office contractors has been around for as long as I can remember… Many hotels, especially in places like Nairobi, are full of prostitutes… It’s something some men do because it’s there. – it’s available.’

Bella Sankey, director of the charity Detention Action, said the deportation process split families in the UK.

She stressed: “The deportation industry is wasting millions of taxpayers’ pounds tearing loving families apart…

“It’s like rubbing salt in that wound to learn that the contractors of the Ministry of the Interior have been engaged in predatory sex tourism abroad with our hard-earned money.”

Labor immigration spokesman Stephen Kinnock described the allegations as deeply disturbing and called on the Home Office to investigate immediately.

A spokesperson for the department said: ‘We take all reports of sexual exploitation extremely seriously and if these disturbing allegations are proven, we expect Mitie to take swift and firm action.

“We have instructed Mitie to provide us with a full report of their investigation.

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft is said to have expressed concern about the allegations with services giant Mitie, which manages the deportations.  (stock photo)

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft is said to have expressed concern about the allegations with services giant Mitie, which manages the deportations. (stock photo)

“We expect the highest standards of conduct from our suppliers, both in the UK and abroad, and if we find something amiss we will always act in the strongest possible terms.”

Mitie said it was investigating the allegations and insisted that any employee who violated “strict professional standards” would face disciplinary action.

However, the company said it had so far found “no evidence that this behavior occurred during our time under contract management,” which it assumed in May 2018.

A spokesperson said: “We have not been given any evidence to substantiate these claims, nor have details of specific cases been shared with us.

“But given the seriousness of these allegations, we have launched an investigation.”

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