The GEO Group—a company rocked by human rights, sexual abuse and racism scandals—is to be given £25 million to run the Dungavel immigrant removal centre in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The firm also runs an immigrant detention centre at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, as well as private prisons in the US.
The Dungavel centre, which is operated by the UK Borders Agency (UKBA), imprisons asylum seekers. Campaigners have called for the centre to be shut down.
GEO runs the South Texas Detention Complex in the US. Guards there have been repeatedly accused of blackmailing women prisoners to have sex with them or be deported. An inmate was beaten to death at another GEO facility in Texas.
The Australian government scrapped contracts with the firm after nurses claimed that children had been abused and assaulted by guards.
But UKBA said, “We expect the highest standard of service from our suppliers. We are satisfied that GEO have delivered this as a tried and tested formula.”