Oxfam Official Resigns Amid Allegations That Prostitutes Hired In Disaster Zones

A pedestrian walks past a branch of Oxfam in London. — AFP

The director of investigations at Britain's Charity Commission, which regulates the voluntary sector, accused Oxfam of not giving them the full story during the investigation.

He added: 'Jersey Overseas Aid are aware of the allegations of sexual exploitation involving Oxfam staff during their response to the Haiti quake.

Former worldwide development secretary Justine Greening has said she does not recall being aware of allegations surrounding Oxfam workers in Haiti.

Over the weekend, further reports alleged that staffers used prostitutes in 2006 in Chad. She described the results of the survey as "very, very concerning".

Ms Mordaunt said: "I know people will be anxious about the charity, they'll be anxious about the money, but we need to be guided by what the Charity Commission are doing and also I have made it very clear to Oxfam what we expect to see from them". In one country programme (South Sudan) we had 7 per cent of staff witnessed or experience rape or attempted rape.

"We are also cognisant of the critical nature of the work that our staff do, not just in the delivery of lifesaving aid, but also in the relationships they develop and foster with the people we work with".

On Sunday (Monday NZT), the charity insisted that allegations surrounding the use of prostitutes, some of whom were said to be underage, did not involve "sex for aid".

Evans asked for a chance to present this report to Oxfam's senior leadership team but "about an hour before I was due to present I was told I was no longer needed".

Evans told Channel 4 News of a survey conducted during her 2012-2015 tenure which exposed a "culture of sexual abuse" in some Oxfam offices.

Ms Evans also claims Oxfam chief Mark Goldring failed to act on allegations a woman was coerced to have sex in return for aid in a disaster zone.

Beyond the damage to Oxfam as an organization, it is unclear if those involved in prostitution or sexual crimes on their missions will face consequences. "LT recognised this but felt that there was nothing as a group that we could actually add to the situation, which was clearly laid out on the paper". This happened in 2004, but van Hauwermeiren was hired by Oxfam less than two years later, and became its country director in Haiti.

Senior figures at the charity, including chairman Caroline Thomson and chief executive Mark Goldring, yesterday made a "full and unqualified apology" to Britain and Haiti at a private meeting with Miss Mordaunt.

What I recognise now, with the severity of issues as they have emerged, is that we should have resourced that team up faster as we now have, indeed, done.

"I felt that our failure to adequately resource was putting people at risk", she said in an interview broadcast by Channel 4 late on Monday.

Within a year of starting her job at Oxfam, Evans said she realised the extent of the problem. Lawrence said in her statement.

Asked if the charity was anxious about a drop in financial support and public trust following the allegations, Oxfam Ireland said it was "committed to earning and maintaining the trust of our supporters" through an "open and transparent" organisation and a "robust whistleblowing policy".

"But these decisions shouldn't be taken hastily, but I am considering them".

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