Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Switzerland’s morality detentions

Found via fistfullofeuros, I was pretty shocked to read this about Switzerland, supposed paradise of freedom.

In the 1960s, there was a relatively widespread program of putting people deemed to have “loose morals” (mostly young unmarried women who got pregnant) or “work shy” into prison without a trial or even a hearing. The parents were then sent a rather large bill for “re-education”.

At one point, more than half of the inmates at Switzerland’s largest women’s prison were young women in “administrative care”.

The government has apologized for the actions, but hasn’t made any efforts to compensate the victims. A book has recently been published trying to draw attention to this matter.

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