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United Kingdom charities warned after Haiti sex claims

United Kingdom charities warned after Haiti sex claims”

Oxfam - which employs around 5,000 staff and has 23,000 more volunteers - recorded 87 incidents previous year, referring 53 to the police or authorities and dismissing 20 staff or volunteers, according to the paper.

"This is now an opportunity for everyone to make sure that there are very clear, not just guidelines, but action will be taken and money will be withdrawn as well, quite frankly, if there is inappropriate behaviour", she said.

In a further warning, she said: "If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities, including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner".

United Kingdom officials have said that Oxfam needs to hand over all its information on the issue in order to not lose funding. "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we can not have you as a partner", she said.

The source said it was "a sector-wide problem" and warned that there needed to be a way to stop those same people going on to work for other aid agencies and charities.

She admitted she was considering whether the organisation should receive any more funding from the Department for International Development - which gave it £32m in the last financial year.

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

"I am deeply ashamed about Oxfam's behaviour then", CEO Mark Goldring told ITV News.

He is expected to insist that Oxfam did not inform ministers of the.

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Penny Mordaunt hit out at Oxfam officials who had used prostitutes while working in Haiti after the 2010 quake, dubbing their behaviour "despicable".

The French charity told AFP it made pre-employment checks with Oxfam but that the UK-based organisation "did not share with us the reasons for his resignation as head of mission in Haiti or the results of its internal inquiry".

Oxfam has denied any cover-up.

She added: "what is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing".

"In the 21st century, it is utterly despicable that sexual exploitation and abuse continues to exist in the aid sector", she sad.

"Moreover we received positive references from former Oxfam staff-in their individual capacities-who worked with him", including from a human resources staffer, a spokesman said.

One senior member of staff in Chad was reportedly fired for his behaviour in 2006.

Mordaunt spoke Sunday - three days after a Times of London investigation accused Oxfam's then-director in Haiti, along with other workers, of running an illegal makeshift brothel after a 2010 quake devastated the country.

Ms Mordaunt said the charity had also "categorically" stated to the Department for International Development (DfID) that no harm was done and beneficiaries were not involved.



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