The scanners have been installed to address the concerns of Amnesty International and other human rights groups about the use of strip searches in detention centres. However, searches are necessary for the safety of residents to ensure that weapons are not smuggled into the centres.
Minister for Migration, Fred Teeven who was present for the first operational use of Soter said, “A body scanner improves the strip searching process in a way that is more respectful.” He went on to say “We intend to equip all three detention centres with body scanners”.
The scanners have been installed with the support of Amnesty International.
The SOTER RS is a low dosage full body scanner which combines ultra low radiation with maximum visibility, for use at airports and prisons. Within seconds the SOTER RS reveals hidden items, such as weapons or narcotics, diamonds, or any stolen or smuggled goods. It doesn’t even have to be metal. The SOTER shows a clear difference between human tissue and other materials. Even ingested or camouflaged items will be shown.