According to a Times survey, groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes and hotels paid for by the NGO Oxfam in Haiti.
The British government will meet with Oxfam officials on Monday in the wake of reports that NGO officials hired young prostitutes in Haiti in 2011 during a mission following the earthquake that ravaged the country. country in 2010.
State Secretary for International Development Penny Mordaunt said she will meet with NGO officials on Monday. „I give them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I will see if they demonstrate the moral qualities that I think they need,“ said Sunday morning Ms. Mordaunt, interviewed by the BBC
„If they do not pass all the information (they have on the case), I will not work with them anymore,“ she warned.
Oxfam receives „less than 10% of its total funding“ from the UK Department for International Development, said its CEO Saturday, hoping to continue working with the government.
For the minister, Oxfam „took the wrong decision completely“ by failing to detail the nature of the accusations against its employees to the authorities and the Charity Commission, a British institution that controls humanitarian organizations.
According to a Times survey released on Friday, groups of young prostitutes were invited to Oxfam-paid homes and hotels. A source quoted by the daily said it had seen a video of an orgy with prostitutes wearing Oxfam t-shirts.
Oxfam, a confederation of humanitarian organizations based in Britain, said it launched an internal investigation immediately in 2011. Four employees were fired and three others resigned before the end of the investigation, Oxfam assured.
In a statement released on Sunday, Oxfam’s new chair, Caroline Thomson, announced a package of measures to strengthen the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse cases.
„We are ashamed of what happened, and we apologize without reservation,“ said Caroline Thomson.
The chairman of the board of directors assured that Oxfam has made „great progress“ since 2011 and is committed to doing more, especially in the recruitment of staff. „We will continue to tackle the underlying cultural problems that have allowed this behavior,“ she adds. Oxfam has „now a culture of openness and transparency and we are fully learning the lessons of the events of 2011“.