Sex abuse scandal in Haiti causes United Kingdom to review Oxfam ties

Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

Charities warned after Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims

Oxfam has faced growing criticism over the way it handled the allegations that some of its staff used prostitutes in Haiti, while they were there as part of the relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating magnitude 7.0 quake that killed more than 200,000 people in 2010.

One former Chad aid worker said: "They would invite the women for parties, we knew they weren't just friends but something else".

He said the department acknowledged that hundreds of Oxfam staff had done nothing wrong, "but the handling by the senior team about this investigation and their openness with us and the charity commission showed a lack of judgement".

It said: "After the investigation, we carried out a thorough review of the case which resulted in the creation of our dedicated Safeguarding Team and a confidential "whistleblowing" hotline as part of a package of measures to ensure that we do all we can to protect our staff, prevent sexual abuse and misconduct happening in the first place and improve how we handle any allegations".

Meanwhile an Oxfam spokeswoman has said the charity would not have provided a positive reference for any of those who were dismissed or resigned.

"They let individuals who had undertaken criminal activity, they let them go, they did not tell prosecuting authorities, they did not tell their regulator, and they did not tell their donors".

"There is not a single organisation in which there has not been sexual abuse and exploitation and Oxfam is certainly no worse than most other global organisations and actually has tried in many ways to be better", he said.

They initially said they were investigating misconduct, and when they concluded that report they did not tell us the nature of these events.

"I have so much respect for Oxfam, they do great work, but this is a sector-wide problem".

The charity said allegations that under age girls may have been involved were not proven. He insisted that Oxfam's work in war-torn regions or those afflicted by natural disasters would continue to be supported by the charity.

"Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details that have been reported been disclosed to us at the time", it said in a statement.

Asked by Marr if she thought Oxfam had failed in its "moral leadership", the Conservative MP replied: "Yes, I do".

All four charities receive money from the Department for International Development.

Marr said: 'That was a lie, wasn't it?'

Ms Mordaunt has written to all United Kingdom charities which receive United Kingdom aid urging them to declare any safeguarding issues, and will also meet the Charity Commission this week to discuss the regulation of organisations overseas.

Ms Mordaunt's announcement comes as the Observer reports that Oxfam workers allegedly used prostitutes in Chad in 2006.

She added: "what is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing".

In a further warning to the charity, she said: 'If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities, including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner'.

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