Oxfam to face United Kingdom government review over Haiti sex worker scandal

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Oxfam said four members of staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, were allowed to resign before the end of the investigation.

Although the charity has denied covering up the alleged scandal, Christian Aid said the claims are "deplorable".

Roland van Hauwermeiren, who has been at the centre of Haiti sex scandal, was running Oxfam's Chad operation at the time.

It is a "complete betrayal of both the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people that sent them there to do that job", Britain's worldwide development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, told BBC News, which noted that the nonprofit received $44 million in government funds previous year.

Mordaunt said she was taking action to make sure charities were "properly regulated" after the allegations. She added: "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, then we cannot have you as a partner".

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

There had been other incidents since 2011, he said, but "nothing on the scale of this severity".

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.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring admitted Saturday that it had failed to detail fully the nature of the 2011 scandal but insisted it "did anything but cover it up".

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She told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: I am affording them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I'm going to be looking to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now.

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.

In its statement, Oxfam said it had informed its trustees, the government, as well as other major donors such as the European Union, the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies of the investigation and the outcome.

Oxfam's chairwoman of United Kingdom trustees, Caroline Thomson, said it was working to "address the underlying cultural issues that allowed this behaviour to happen".

Ms Mordaunt said it did not matter how good the safeguarding practices were in an organisation if they did not "have the moral leadership to do the right thing".

Ms Mordaunt called the behaviour utterly despicable and threatened to cut the charity off from Government funding if she was unsatisfied with answers from an upcoming meeting on Monday.

"Since the Haiti case in 2011 we have introduced a range of measures to prevent sexual abuse and misconduct happening in the first place and improve how we handle any allegations", the charity said.

The Charity Commission took no further action at the time but says it would have acted differently had it known all the facts.

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