Oxfam vows shake-up after Haiti sex abuse

Person working on a building in Haiti

Person working on a building in Haiti

The Times reported Friday that the government secretary responsible for charity regulation was calling for Oxfam to provide more information about the staffers who had paid for sex in Haiti.

Women believed to be sex workers were reportedly invited to the Oxfam team house on a number of occasions.

The Charity Commission said on Saturday that it had written to Oxfam "as a matter of urgency" to request further information.

Late on Friday, the Department for International Development (DFID) also said it was reviewing its relationship with the UK-based charity, to which it gave almost £32 million (36 million euros/$44 million) past year.

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

Oxfam said it investigated the allegations in 2011.

Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told the BBC that she will meet with Oxfam officials on Monday and if they don't turn over everything they know "then I can not work with them anymore as an aid delivery partner".

The regulator said an Oxfam report on the investigation stated there had been no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries and made no mention of any potential sexual crimes involving minors.

She will also seek to confirm they have referred all concerns about specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities.

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The majority of Oxfam's 230 staff members working in Haiti at the time are not accused of doing anything improper, but a small group of male aid workers living in Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, allegedly turned a rented guesthouse into what a source told the Times the men called "the whorehouse".

Oxfam was further embroiled in scandal as reports claimed staff also used prostitutes in Chad during a humanitarian mission there in 2006.

Mordaunt told BBC that she would meet with Oxfam officials on Monday, but she sounded unimpressed by the nonprofit's promises to reform.

Oxfam will examine new complaints from staff members about how the aid workers involved in 2010 were recruited and vetted.

It said one of the instances was "a case of failings in adequate safeguarding", which was reported to the Charity Commission.

Oxfam, one of the world's most prominent relief agencies, could lose its funding from the British government over reports that its workers exploited survivors of a massive quake in Haiti, and possibly other disasters, for sex.

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". However, the minister said Oxfam did "absolutely the wrong thing" by not reporting the detail of the incidents to the government.

Ms Mordaunt announced she would meet the charity on Monday to discuss the case, and said: 'If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there then we cannot have you as a partner'.

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