NSW police strip-searched more than 340 school-aged boys in the past three years

More than 300 school-age boys, including one 11-year-old, have been strip-searched by the New South Wales police in the past three years.

As the NSW police and state government come under increasing pressure to reform the use of strip-searching amid evidence of its widespread misuse, Guardian Australia can reveal that since 2016 police have forced 344 boys between the ages of 11 and 17 to submit to the controversial practice.

The latest revelations come after the state’s police watchdog, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, last week held public hearings that heard officers conducted dozens of potentially illegal strip-searches at an under 18s music festival in February.


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