Hundreds of boat people, many of whom children, will be trapped in Hong Kong's worst camp come the handover, it emerged yesterday. The Government expects 280 Chinese-Vietnamese fighting for refugee status to be stranded here after June - plus nearly 1,000 boat people who have agreed to go home. They will be sent to High Island camp, recently described by British prisons expert Sir Stephen Tumim as 'by far Hong Kong's worst institution'. About 2,000 diehard Vietnamese boat people are already detained there. Human rights groups slammed the move saying innocent children will suffer and accused the Government of making conditions as bad as possible for the Vietnamese 'to drive them home'. A Security Branch spokesman said she could not specify how many boat people would be held in High Island after the handover as the Government hoped to clear the camp as soon as possible. She said: 'There is no other detention centre apart from High Island so that is the obvious place to move those remaining. 'Of course our goal is to send everybody back before June 30. But it's definitely our plan to close Whitehead before the handover.' Hong Kong is in talks with the Vietnamese Government to speed up repatriations but Hanoi insists it will not accept anyone who is not a national, and a resolution on the 280 ethnic Chinese is not immediately likely. The group entered Hong Kong from China after fleeing Vietnam and is still fighting for asylum. There are also doubts about the 980 Vietnamese remaining in Whitehead who have volunteered to return but have yet to receive clearance from Hanoi. Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-kai urged the Government to 'show some humanity' by improving conditions at High Island. 'While they are here waiting, and they are innocent people, we should at least think about their basic rights.'