Roosville, MT — Earlier this month, Mary Ann Gill and a friend were returning home to Kelowna, Canada when they drove through a border checkpoint in Roosville, Montana. Minutes after entering the checkpoint, Mary Ann Gill would be facing down her worst nightmare. Gill now says she will never return to the United States again without her husband.
According to Gill, on May 14th, her and her friend were returning from a visit to Elmo, Montana. They pulled up to the checkpoint and Gill got off her bike and walked up to the window. Apparently the officers became upset at Gill’s approach and told her that she should’ve waited for instructions.
Gill was then questioned by the officers on why she travelled to Elmo, with one of them creepily telling her that it was “Indian country.” Gill was then forced into secondary questioning where the officer refused to give back her passport until she passed ‘inspection.’
Gill has no criminal record which made her move to secondary inspection entirely atypical. As reported by Kelowna Now, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an individual may be selected for further inspection if they have previously violated a U.S. law, they aren’t carrying proper documentation, their name matches a person of interest or a sex offender or if the traveller has been selected for a random inspection.
Her friend was told to leave the checkpoint and Gill was brought into a garage-type building where officers searched her motorcycle. When officers found Gill’s interim driver’s license, they thought this was suspicious — despite it being completely legal.
After finding nothing on her motorcycle and nothing on her person, these sadistic public servants told Gill that she would now undergo a strip search.
“I said, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, I don’t know why you would need to do that,’” said Gill, recounting the moment to Kelowan Now with tears welling up. “I got scared. I got really scared. I said, ‘Can you please call the police?’ and they said, ‘No, we’re not going to call the police.’
“They said that they have more power than the police, and the police have no jurisdiction now, and whatever they say goes.”
By this time, things were getting quite scary for Gill as three men, and no women, locked her in a room and surrounded her.
According to the CBP, if a strip search is conducted, it must be done by a person of the same sex. Not only was this strip search not conducted by a woman, but 3 men forcefully stripped down the innocent woman without her consent.
“They took my clothes off, ” said Gill. “…and did an internal cavity search of my body. And it was awful. It was really bad, and I just can’t understand.
“I just kept saying to them, ‘How could you do this to a woman? This is not right.”
Gill’s screams were so loud that her friend, who’d been forced to drive away from the checkpoint, could hear them from two blocks away.
“Even as far away as she was, she could actually hear me screaming,” explained Gill.
After a 45-minute government-sponsored forced sodomy session, Gill was finally allowed to go. However, the officers refused to let her fasten back her gear and she was forced to hold her things while fleeing her captors.
“The part that makes me feel worthless and dirty and crappy is the fact that these people have such incredible power to make a female disrobe and that they can enter their body,” Gill said. “It felt everything but legitimately OK.”
Gill recalls how she had to stay on the roadside for an hour hysterically crying before she was able to drive back home.
To make matters worse, as Gill went through the Canadian side checkpoint, she was pulled over again by an RCMP officer who let her friend go and only stopped her.
“When he said that she could go and I had to stay it made me so freaked out,” said Gill, still emotional. “I got so scared again and I just lost it.”
After explaining to the RCMP officer what happened, however, he set her up with victim services in Canada.
Since she got back, Gill says, she’s tried relentlessly to file a complaint with the Border Patrol. However, Gill explains that all three of her reports she’s filed online have been deleted every time.
“It’s almost like the site’s rigged so when you try and send something, it won’t even take it,” she said.
“Customs and Border Protection takes complaints very seriously,” wrote Jason Givens, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in an email. “If a traveller feels they have been mistreated or that the inspection was not conducted in a professional manner, they should ask to speak with a CBP supervisor immediately.”
“Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that CBP officers treat all persons with dignity and that they behave in a professional manner.”
Essentially gang raping an innocent woman in search of ‘contraband’ is apparently ‘professional’ in the eyes of border patrol.
“Without a doubt, that’s happened to somebody else and it will continue,” said Gill. “They know they can do this and that they can get away with it.”