Zim woman reveals ‘sex for asylum’ scam

LONDON - The Home Office has suspended a British immigration officer following allegations that he offered to help an 18-year-old Zimbabwean woman with her asylum application in exchange for sex.
The Observer newspaper said the 53-year-old man, based at the IND's Croydon office, had offered to

coach the teenager before her asylum interview so she could give the right answers. The paper said he sent text messages to her mobile phone and, when she asked for assurances, asked her to meet him at a hotel, saying: “I will tell you when we are alone because you are going to have sex.”
“The news is the latest in a series of embarrassments for the Home Office, which last month admitted that it had allowed over 1 000 foreign prisoners to walk free from British jails when they should have been considered for deportation. Home secretary (interior minister) Charles Clarke was sacked in a reshuffle shortly after the fiasco was revealed and has been replaced by John Reid. The Home Office is also looking into allegations that a handful of illegal immigrants worked for several years as cleaners at the IND’s own offices,” said the newspaper. – Own correspondent

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