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United Kingdom charities warned after Haiti sex claims

GettyImages-916554700 United Kingdom charities warned after Haiti sex claims
Ray Hunter | 12 February, 2018, 01:56

In a further warning to the charity, she told the BBC: "If they do not hand over all the information 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".

Groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and guesthouses paid for by the charity for sex parties, according to one source who claimed to have seen footage of an orgy with sex workers wearing Oxfam t-shirts.

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

Mordaunt said she suspected some people were trying to join charities in order to carry out "predatory activities". She added: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we cannot have you as a partner".

Mordaunt said Oxfam had told her department "categorically no" when it had asked if any beneficiaries of aid had been involved in or affected by the misconduct.

The charity's chief executive Paul Goldring will meet Penny Mordaunt, the global development secretary, on Monday after she threatened to withdraw millions of pounds of government funding.

During the probe, it dismissed four staff members and another three resigned.

And there was also nothing to stop them from getting former or current staff to provide a reference "in a personal capacity", she said.

"Moreover we received positive references from former Oxfam staff-in their individual capacities-who worked with him", including from a human resources staffer, a spokesman said.

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The UK-based charity is also facing fresh accusations that its workers used prostitutes in Chad in 2006, the Observer reported.

He is expected to insist that Oxfam did not inform ministers of the.

The source added staff members did not speak up for fear this might reduce donations to the most vulnerable at a time when funding is under pressure.

Oxfam said it could not corroborate the latest claims but it said it was "shocked and dismayed" at what it called the unacceptable behaviour by a small number of people.

The charity is under growing pressure after an investigation by The Times found young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 natural disaster which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead.

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologised on Saturday, saying he was deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour.

He added: "Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise".

Charities, including Oxfam, have been told they will have funding withdrawn if they fail to comply with authorities over safeguarding issues. It said significant improvements have already been made since 2011.

Marr said: "That was a lie, wasn't it?" "What is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing", she said.

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