Some Belgian lawyers allege that the "sensitive" metal detectors at one jail are just an excuse to get female visitors to take off their bras.
According to the Telegraph, lawyers say the metal detectors at Belgium's Hasselt jail seem to get more finicky when young women walk through them. Says a representative for the lawyers,
The metal detection checks seem very difficult to carry out when a pretty, young lawyer or visitor reports to the prison gate. And then it becomes a little something to amuse the guards.
Time and again they let the metal detector go off. First, the shoes, then the jewellery. And, since the detector still beeps, they demand that the lady in question take off her bra.
A spokesman for Belgium's prison administration calls the allegations "far-fetched," saying, "I've visited Hasselt prison several times with female colleagues and none of them was asked to loosen her bra." However, it's certainly possible that the guards are on good behavior when higher-ups visit. And even if it turns out the guards aren't being pervy, the incident highlights the need for sensitivity and respect in security measures. As the disturbing story of "labia lifts" taught us, facilities need to balance safety concerns with the rights of the people being searched — and that includes the right not to be harassed.