Sunday 20 April 2014
News updated at 1:02 AM IST
Weather
Max: 35.4°C
Min : 22.5°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Woman handcuffed, strip-searched at Canadian airport

Toronto, Dec19, (Agencies):

A 42-year-old black Canadian woman was forced to undress and bodily searched for drugs at Ottawa airport on her return from Jamaica.

Charmaine Archer, who was returning home from Jamaica on Tuesday night, said she was forced to open her rectum, lift her breast, and looked underneath her crotch by customs officials. The woman said she was pulled aside by the customs agents “because she paid for part of her ticket with a credit card, because she booked last minute and because she only stayed for four days”.

After running gauze swabs over her wallet, the lining of her suitcase and her toothbrush, the agents told her that her toothbrush has tested positive for heroin and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the woman said.

When they told her to submit to a strip search, she said: “No way that’s going to happen! My husband don’t know what’s inside my rectum and neither will you.’’ After sending her four-year-old son out to join her waiting husband, she said the agents handcuffed her and forced her to undergo strip search.


“I got undressed. There were three women in the room. I’m a big person, very conscious of my body... you can imagine how I felt. They made me stand up and hold my arm up and they made me lift up my breast. Then she told me to turn around and bend all the way over with my feet wide apart. And then she told me to use my hand and open my rectum.

“They told me to put one foot forward then squat and cough ... they told me to lift up my belly and they told me open my feet apart and to pry my legs apart and they looked underneath my crotch.’’

She said the humiliation left her shaking and crying as nothing was found on her. “They never apologised,’’ she added. The woman said she was mulling legal action.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Actor-Director Farhan Akhtar along with Rahul Bose and Ronnie Lahiri during the inauguration ...

Actor-Director Farhan Akhtar along with Rahul Bose and Ronnie Lahiri during the inauguration ...

During the extended week end, large number of tourists flock to Amba vilas palace, in Mysore. DH...

During the extended week end, large number of tourists flock to Amba vilas palace, in Mysore. DH...

A farmer trying to drain out water from his wheat field with the help of a bucket after heavy...

A farmer trying to drain out water from his wheat field with the help of a bucket after heavy...

Rickshaw pullers try to keep their balance as they ride past a dust storm in Agartala, Saturday...

Rickshaw pullers try to keep their balance as they ride past a dust storm in Agartala, Saturday...

People drinking coconut water on a hot summer day near VV Mohall, in Mysore. DH photo

People drinking coconut water on a hot summer day near VV Mohall, in Mysore. DH photo

Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third...

Transgenders celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict recognising transgenders or eunuchs as third...

School children paint on the body of a tram during the 'World Art day' celebrations in Kolkata on...

School children paint on the body of a tram during the 'World Art day' celebrations in Kolkata on...

Shuttler Saina Nehwal with students at a promotional event in Hyderabad on Saturday. PTI Photo

Shuttler Saina Nehwal with students at a promotional event in Hyderabad on Saturday. PTI Photo

Children participating in the drawing and patinting competition, organised by Manjushri arts and...

Children participating in the drawing and patinting competition, organised by Manjushri arts and...

Police and locals remove rubbles from a vehicle damaged after landslide on Jammu-Srinagar ...

Police and locals remove rubbles from a vehicle damaged after landslide on Jammu-Srinagar ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523