Logo of an Oxford Oxfam bookstore in Glasgow on February 10, 2018, when the British press published information about the organizers of the organization who turned to prostitutes in Haiti
The deputy director of the NGO Oxfam, Penny Lawrence, resigned on Monday after assuming the „full responsibility“ for the scandal unleashed after it was known that the organization’s leaders turned to prostitutes in Haiti.
After pointing out his „sadness“ and „shame“ for „the behavior of employees in Chad and Haiti (…) including the relationship with prostitutes“, Lawrence announced his resignation and said „take full responsibility“.
Lawrence explains that the inappropriate behaviors „of the director (of the NGO) in Chad and his team“ had already been „signaled before going to Haiti“. „We did not respond adequately,“ he admits.
According to The Times, after the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, groups of young prostitutes were invited to homes paid for by the organization on the island. A source quoted by the newspaper said he saw images of an orgy in which sex workers had Oxfam shirts.
This, a confederation of humanitarian organizations based in the United Kingdom, stated that it initiated an internal investigation immediately in 2011. Four workers were dismissed and three others resigned before the end of the investigation, the NGO said.
The announcement of the resignation of Penny Lawrence takes place after the interview between the Secretary of State for International Development British, Penny Mordaunt, with officials of the organization. The ministry already warned that it would „review“ its work with Oxfam.