Student thrown in ‘scary US prison with blood and faeces on walls’ after visa mix up

A scholar was strip-searched and thrown right into a prison cell with blood and faeces smeared on the partitions after a journey mix up.

Australian Jack Dunn, 23, was travelling to the US for a backpacking vacation however fell foul of a little-known entry requirement.

He had taken a while off college for the break and had a obscure thought of what he wished to do, however had solely deliberate to e-book transport and lodging as he went alongside.

On Could 5, he touched down at Honolulu Worldwide Airport, Hawaii and was requested by border safety whether or not he had a flight booked out of the US.

He advised them he had one booked to Mexico.

“You’re going to have to return with me,” he was advised.

Jack spent around 30 hours inside the prison
Jack spent round 30 hours contained in the prison

Travellers coming into the US beneath the Visa Waiver Program are required to have a ticket already booked to a different place, however not one in a bordering nation or adjoining island.

Jack mentioned he was questioned for hours, finally trying to e-book a flight to Panama (the one Central American capital he may consider beneath the stress) from a employee’s telephone as he did not have entry to the web.

Jack advised “However that was $500 (£400) and I didn’t have that in my account and then I used to be attempting to clarify to the [US Customs and Border Protection officer] that I simply wanted web to switch cash throughout.”

The border officer appeared to not even take into account that Jack had made an harmless mistake, he mentioned.

Jack was interrogated for hours after landing in Hawaii
Jack was interrogated for hours after touchdown in Hawaii

Jack was mentioned to be unable to “overcome the presumption of an supposed immigrant” in a transcript of the interview seen by

After being advised he could be flown again to Sydney the next day, Jack was cuffed and taken to the “scary” Federal Detention Middle in Honolulu.

Throughout a strip-search, he claims guards twice regarded beneath his scrotum and anus.

The method noticed him moved into a number of totally different rooms, one the place he used a paper bag with a sandwich as a pillow and one other with blood and faeces on the partitions.

Jack's family had no idea what had happened to him
Jack’s household had no thought what had occurred to him

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“Once you’re not in your personal nation you haven’t any management over what’s going to occur to you so I used to be type of considering I’d by no means get out,” he mentioned.

Different inmates howled as he was taken to his cell, the place his cellmate “talked to himself and punched the partitions”.

Jack spent round 30 hours in prison in complete, throughout which he mentioned he was refused contact with his household.

His household mentioned they solely found one thing was mistaken after a border official rang them at 5.30am, saying Jack was secure however giving no additional particulars.

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