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Body Cavity Search | Cellblock 6
Body Cavity Search | Cellblock 6
Published: 2011/11/17
Channel: TLC
Police sued after man says he underwent an illegal body cavity search
Police sued after man says he underwent an illegal body cavity search
Published: 2016/09/20
Channel: WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7
Cops Can Do 11-Minute Body Cavity Searches In America (VIDEO)
Cops Can Do 11-Minute Body Cavity Searches In America (VIDEO)
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: The Young Turks
JFK Airport - Cavity Search
JFK Airport - Cavity Search
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Prison Documentaries
Police Search Women In Bikini
Police Search Women In Bikini's | Full Body Cavity Searches On Side Of Highway | Up My Private Parts
Published: 2013/07/03
Channel: NewsMoreDetails
Police Academy 2:body cavity search
Police Academy 2:body cavity search
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Liam Lafferty
BODY SEARCH, ca. 1942 - ca. 1945
BODY SEARCH, ca. 1942 - ca. 1945
Published: 2011/01/04
Channel: PublicResourceOrg
OITNB  1x01 piper
OITNB 1x01 piper's strip search
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: flyingrabbit
Texas Troopers Perform Roadside Cavity Search on Brandy Hamilton & Alexandria Randle
Texas Troopers Perform Roadside Cavity Search on Brandy Hamilton & Alexandria Randle
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: Lrjtv
TSA Cavity Search
TSA Cavity Search
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: tom19803
Creamfields 2014 Cavity Search
Creamfields 2014 Cavity Search
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Dex Johnston
TSA Body Search Leaves Angela Rye In Tears
TSA Body Search Leaves Angela Rye In Tears
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: MAX
Have These Cops Gone Too Far?
Have These Cops Gone Too Far?
Published: 2013/11/09
Channel: hstien55rke
Roadside Bikini Body Cavity Search By Texas Troopers
Roadside Bikini Body Cavity Search By Texas Troopers
Published: 2013/07/06
Channel: Extremum Spiritum
BREAKING: Dashcam Released Showing Cops Cavity Strip Search Woman on Roadside, Looking for Pot
BREAKING: Dashcam Released Showing Cops Cavity Strip Search Woman on Roadside, Looking for Pot
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Owned - Studio News Network
Two Women Sue Texas Troopers for Illegal Roadside Body Cavity Search
Two Women Sue Texas Troopers for Illegal Roadside Body Cavity Search
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: ifnews2012
Women Given Body Cavity Search During Routine TRAFFIC STOP
Women Given Body Cavity Search During Routine TRAFFIC STOP
Published: 2014/05/24
Channel: 10News
HORRIFYING IMAGES Show Texas Cops Giving Black Woman 11-Minute VAGINAL SEARCH In PUBLIC!
HORRIFYING IMAGES Show Texas Cops Giving Black Woman 11-Minute VAGINAL SEARCH In PUBLIC!
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Hezakya Newz & Music
Body cavity search: Cops find 1,400 bags worth of heroin in Vermont man
Body cavity search: Cops find 1,400 bags worth of heroin in Vermont man's butt - TomoNews
Published: 2016/04/01
Channel: TomoNews US
Family Guy   Cavity Search
Family Guy Cavity Search
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: braiam 0202
Two cops in Texas cleared after body cavity search of young Black college student
Two cops in Texas cleared after body cavity search of young Black college student
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Boyce Watkins
Former student sues school after strip search, body cavity search
Former student sues school after strip search, body cavity search
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: NBC4 WCMH-TV Columbus
Police Stripped A Woman Naked and Gave Her Cavity Search On Side of the Road
Police Stripped A Woman Naked and Gave Her Cavity Search On Side of the Road
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Willie D Live
Body cavity search controversy
Body cavity search controversy
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: WXYZ-TV Detroit | Channel 7
Woman Accuse Texas Cops Of Sexual Assault For Performing Cavity Search In Public View
Woman Accuse Texas Cops Of Sexual Assault For Performing Cavity Search In Public View
Published: 2015/08/17
Channel: TheAdviseShowTV
Woman’s Vagina Searched For 11 Minutes By Cop And No Drugs Found! That Is Sexual Assault Damit!
Woman’s Vagina Searched For 11 Minutes By Cop And No Drugs Found! That Is Sexual Assault Damit!
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: The Doctor Of Common Sense
Texas Cops Performed Public Cavity Search On Woman For 11 Minutes
Texas Cops Performed Public Cavity Search On Woman For 11 Minutes
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: SanVic
Three Harris County Texas Sheriff Deputies Strip and Cavity Search Black Woman on Street
Three Harris County Texas Sheriff Deputies Strip and Cavity Search Black Woman on Street
Published: 2015/08/16
Channel: AfriSynergyNews
SHOCKING! Female Cop, 2 Women Full Body Cavity Search, SAME Gloves #VIOLATED - YouTube.flv
SHOCKING! Female Cop, 2 Women Full Body Cavity Search, SAME Gloves #VIOLATED - YouTube.flv
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: kevin chambers
cop caught on tape giving two women body cavity search 360p
cop caught on tape giving two women body cavity search 360p
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: DoublePitcher
Woman sues CBP over body cavity search
Woman sues CBP over body cavity search
Published: 2016/06/16
Channel: KGUN9
State Troopers Suspended after Extreme Cavity Searches
State Troopers Suspended after Extreme Cavity Searches
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: Gabbee
Dashcam Video Allegedly Shows Texas Police Searching Woman
Dashcam Video Allegedly Shows Texas Police Searching Woman's Vagina
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: United News International
Alleged illegal body cavity search investigation targets MPD
Alleged illegal body cavity search investigation targets MPD
Published: 2013/07/11
Channel: FOX6 News Milwaukee
Inappropriate Full Body Searches on People
Inappropriate Full Body Searches on People
Published: 2017/05/14
Channel: Top Hilarious List
Texas State Trooper
Texas State Trooper's illegal body cavity searches indicate 'some kind of department policy'.
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: themailonexclusive
Bikini clad women subjected to cavity search
Bikini clad women subjected to cavity search
Published: 2013/07/12
Channel: USAnewsful
BODY CAVITY SEARCH (unedited)
BODY CAVITY SEARCH (unedited)
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: David Schechter
Cavity Search
Cavity Search
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: North Benton Dental Care
Police stripped a woman naked and given a body cavity search on the side of the road - United States
Police stripped a woman naked and given a body cavity search on the side of the road - United States
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: RAW LEAKS NEWS
Woman Sues Texas State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Search
Woman Sues Texas State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Search
Published: 2012/12/23
Channel: lovelyti2002
TSA Cavity Search Barely Air #3
TSA Cavity Search Barely Air #3
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Rosalie Kooij
IMG 4059
IMG 4059
Published: 2015/07/08
Channel: B56838
Women Sue Over Public Police Vagina Body Cavity Search
Women Sue Over Public Police Vagina Body Cavity Search
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: David Pakman Show
BODY SEARCH: IN TROUBLE
BODY SEARCH: IN TROUBLE
Published: 2015/06/15
Channel: Lesbian Love
Shocking: Women Subjected to Invasive Roadside Body Cavity Searches
Shocking: Women Subjected to Invasive Roadside Body Cavity Searches
Published: 2012/12/20
Channel: The Alex Jones Channel
Trooper Fired & Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search in Texas (Kelley Helleson)
Trooper Fired & Indicted After Roadside Cavity Search in Texas (Kelley Helleson)
Published: 2013/04/23
Channel: Mickey Lapua
OFFICERS RECORDED SETTING UP MAN THEN CAVITY SEARCHING HIM!
OFFICERS RECORDED SETTING UP MAN THEN CAVITY SEARCHING HIM!
Published: 2017/07/01
Channel: melanated consciousnessdotcom
Cavity Search Trailer 2016
Cavity Search Trailer 2016
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: Dan Macari
Body cam footage clears Fla  police of public cavity search allegations
Body cam footage clears Fla police of public cavity search allegations
Published: 2016/06/09
Channel: sergeantwalden
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"The Correct Procedure for a Visual Search" – A 1990 video produced by the Federal Bureau of Prisons

A body cavity search, also known simply as a cavity search, is either a visual search or a manual internal inspection of body cavities for prohibited materials (contraband), such as illegal drugs, money, jewelry, or weapons. Body cavities used for concealment include nostrils, ears, mouth, navel, penis (urethra and foreskin) or vagina, and rectum. It is far more invasive than the standard strip search that is typically performed on individuals taken into custody, either upon police arrest or incarceration at a jail, prison, or psychiatric hospital. Often the procedure is repeated when the person leaves the institution.

Body cavity searches may also be conducted at some international border crossings such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection when they suspect international travelers of hiding contraband—such as drugs—in their alimentary canal (digestional tract).[1]

Visual vs. manual[edit]

Items can be concealed in a number of body cavities. For example, objects may be concealed by inserting them into the rectum. Illegal drugs can be placed in condoms and temporarily stored in the colon. Cylinders such as cigar tubes are used to hide money, intravenous syringes, and knives. Duplicate handcuff keys can be concealed in many body orifices. These goods are considered valuable inside a prison and can pose a security risk to staff and inmates at such facilities.

In a thorough visual body cavity search, a flashlight is used to illuminate body orifices, including nostrils, ears, mouth, navel, penis (urethra and foreskin) or vagina, and rectum. Generally, the detainee is required to manipulate these body parts so that they can be examined.

Squatting is sometimes demanded during visual searches, and prolonged holding of a squat can be demanded; squats are sometimes demanded over a mirror (so that the observer has an improved view). The person may be asked to “squat and cough,” with the aim of dislodging an object stored in the rectum or vagina.[2]

During manual body cavity searches, body orifices are probed using fingers or the entire hand. The circumstance in which these inspections may be done is often restricted. For example, they are done on individuals refusing to offer to consent to a visual body cavity search or in situations where there is strong evidence to suspect the presence of contraband.

The cavity search has proven ineffective in the prevention of smuggling objects as it cannot detect objects in the intestines or stomach. It has become normal for authorities to isolate individuals in a monitored environment until they pass excreta and/or to x-ray the individual as it is less invasive and psychologically damaging.

Legal standing[edit]

Some inmates and human rights activists argue that body cavity searches are done not so much to stop the flow of contraband but rather to harass and humiliate detainees. A visual inspection of the rectum will not reveal objects concealed deeply inside. Likewise, it is possible to circumvent detection during manual body cavity searches. In some instances, suspects swallow packages of drugs protected by condoms and allow them to pass through their digestive tract. Only diagnostic imaging will reveal the concealed contraband.

X-ray diagnostic images can reveal concealed contraband that could not otherwise be detected. The yellow marks show capsules of illegal drugs swallowed by the suspect. Such smugglers are often called drug packers or mules.

Because these searches are highly invasive and greatly compromise an individual’s right of privacy, the legality of visual and manual body cavity searches is frequently contested.

In the United States, Bell v. Wolfish is the benchmark case on this issue. In its judgment of the case, the U.S. Supreme Court established a standard of reasonable grounds for performing cavity searches. Among these are security concerns at prisons.

In the UK, cavity searches are not carried out upon entry to prisons, although new prisoners are required to perform squats as part of their strip-search, and may be visually searched, but prison staff do not have any powers to carry out cavity searches.[3]

Pakistan[edit]

Law enforcement officers are not allowed to conduct cavity searches or strip searches in Pakistan. Any officer who conducts a cavity search or strip search can be sentenced up to 4 years in prison and given a Rs.7500 fine.

In popular culture[edit]

The body cavity search is frequently used as a joke in comedies such as the movie Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Seinfeld. This is due to its humiliating, uncomfortable, and invasive nature. Generally, it adds to the suffering of a comedic foil. It is generally not depicted explicitly, but implied by the donning of a lubricated glove by a searcher. It is similar to the use of the rectal examination in this regard.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520, 559 (1979) [1]
  • Gochnauer, Myron (1985). "Necessity and Prisoners' Rights.".". New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement. 10: 27–43. 
  • Kalinich, David B.; Stojkovic, Stan (1985). "Contraband: The Basis for Legitimate Power in a Prison Social System". Criminal Justice and Behavior. 12 (4): 435–451. doi:10.1177/0093854885012004003. 
  • Lerner, Jimmy (2002). You Got Nothing Coming: Notes From a Prison Fish. New York: Broadway Books.

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