Haiti’s President condemns Oxfam over sex scandal
Port-au-Prince, Feb 13 (IANS) Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise has strongly condemned British charity Oxfam, after it emerged that its staff hired prostitutes while delivering aid in 2011.
In a Twitter post on Monday, Moise condemned the actions as an “extremely serious violation of human dignity”.
“There is nothing more outrageous and dishonest than a sexual predator who uses his position as part of the humanitarian response to a natural disaster to exploit needy people in their moment of greatest vulnerability,” he tweeted.
“What happened with Oxfam in Haiti is an extremely serious violation of human dignity,” he said in another tweet.
Several former members of Oxfam’s local staff had said they tried to raise concerns but felt their complaints were ignored, the BBC reported.
One of the UK’s biggest charities, Oxfam was the subject of a report in the Times newspaper last week. The article accused the charity of concealing the findings of a 2011 inquiry into claims that senior aid workers, including Haiti’s National Director, paid local prostitutes for sex.
Oxfam was in the country offering relief following a devastating 7 magnitude earthquake that killed over 200,000 people in 2010.