Why have we never talked about tampons in prison before?

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Women in Australia are making a stand by posting tampons. So what's it all about?

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Women in Australia are posting tampons to their Immigration Minister to protest the mistreatment of asylum seekers.

MP Scott Morrison must be dreading opening the post more than usual after it was reported that women in detention centres have limited access to sanitary products.

Apparently they are only allowed two tampons or pads per period.

In response, feminist action group Destroy the Joint have spearheaded a #StopTheTampons campaign, encouraging women to post unwanted (but unused) tampons in.


However, the Australian Department of Immigration says the claims are "baseless".

A spokesperson for the department told The Sydney Morning Herald, "We don't know where this has come from, but it's nonsense."

However the campaign is still going strong with an increasing number of pics going up on Twitter.

Whatever is going on down under, it raises the question - what happens in British detention centres and prisons for that matter?

Well you can breathe easy. In the UK, women are entitled to request sanitary products whenever they like and can ask for as many as they need, within reason.

"It's done on requirement, on demand," a Ministry of Justice spokesperson told The Telegraph.

So now you know.

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