By Xan Johnson, Marketing –
While the measures put forth by various governments and organizations around the world have played a large role in lessening the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have also been some serious unforeseen repercussions. One of which being the substantial reports of police corruption, abuse, and brutality.
Transparency International’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALAC) has been at the forefront of this current issue. Since January 2020 alone, they have received over 1,500 reports dealing with Covid-19 from countries such as Madagascar, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, to name few. This organization offers free legal help to victims of such events, but it is nonetheless a lot to handle.
Bribery and corruption have gotten out of hand in some of these countries. Police workers have demanded money from essential workers commuting to and from work and even those who just want to leave their quarantine centers. They detain people for breaking simple rules, throwing them in quarantine centers among the sick. One man was reportedly even detained for not wearing a mask in his own house! These victims are then forced to spend a mandatory 14-day quarantine in already crowded centers, paying $20 for each day that they are there. If they cannot pay, they are forced to stay for even longer.
These behaviors are wrong by nature, but they also are putting whole countries at a much greater risk to the virus. Much of the little quarantine space that is available is used for detainees, spreading the virus even faster. As more people get infected, the centers reach their daily testing capacity, forcing people to stay even longer. It is a deadly cycle that can only be broken by an end in this police brutality.
One solution other countries have found to problems like this is a lie-detection service called EyeDetect® by Converus. It is simple technology that can determine if an individual is guilty of fraudulent or corrupt behavior with an 85% accuracy in just thirty minutes. This is all accomplished through the machine tracking involuntary pupil dilations that occur when we lie. The test is affordable, non-invasive, and easy to set up. Other organizations have begun using this device to conduct periodic screenings of their employees, making them respond to questions regarding corruption, illegal drug use, bribery, fraud, etc. Those who are guilty are quickly found out and dealt with. This may be the only solution to such an intense problem as police corruption during the Covid-19 pandemic.