Australian police in Sydney asked a young woman to remove her tampon during a strip-search.
Strip search, which is controversial is becoming rife and under spotlight in the country.
Some of the searches are flagged as police misconduct and there were investigations into five controversial strip-searches across Sydney last year.
Music festivals are the hotspots for the searches and those searched are often left humiliated and degraded.
In one incident, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission report called on the police force to apologise to one of the young women involved, and noted in another case that an officer had been suspended from duty.
Reports revealed that the cases were reviewed after parents of the women complained or they received coverage in local media.
LEGALITY OF STRIP SEARCH
Australian law SAY police can only carry out strip-searches if “the seriousness and urgency of the circumstances” means it is reasonable and necessary to do so and they must also conduct the least invasive search possible.
It is illegal to search genital areas or any body cavities.
In the case of minors, a parent or guardian must be present, unless an immediate search is necessary to protect the person or prevent the destruction of evidence.
But allegations of aggressive strip-search tactics by police have caused controversy.
Last year, a separate inquiry heard a 14-year-old boy was asked to hold his exposed genitals for police in one of at least 25 potentially illegal strip-searches at a music festival for under-18s.
An officer told that inquiry that strip-searches at festivals were necessary because of concerns over drug use, after several young people died from overdoses.
This prompted calls for alternative solutions such as pill-testing facilities at such events, and criticism of punitive police actions such as strip-searches.