OXFAM SCANDAL: Sex abuse claims have RISEN since Haiti earthquake, shocking record reveals



Sex violation allegations within Oxfam have increased since the 2011 Haiti ignominy.

Express.co.uk exclusively revealed last year the shocking problems of bodily abuse, fraud, and even deaths among workers within Oxfam, with lay wastes of each on the rise.

And we can reveal levels of sex abuse and exploitation allegations at the taxpayer-funded UK humanitarianism have rocketed since the 2011 scandal, with levels knoll year on year.

In 2015/16 there was a sharp increase in the number of broadcast sexual allegations from 26 to 64.

At the time Oxfam, which pulls in £300 million a year of Ministry funding, told Express.co.uk the rise was down to to changes in how suspected put someone down take umbrages were reported.

Now the charity’s latest annual report for 2016/17 appearances levels of sex abuse and exploitation allegations rose again in that duration, both in the UK and overseas.

The new report said there had been a “small enlargement” in reported incidents to 87. 

Of those, 53 allegations were referred to private agencies such as police, social services and the Disclosure and Barring Serving. 

Of the others, the report said: “We investigated 33 allegations, one allegation is unconfirmed, 


Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence vacated over the Haiti scandal.

“Thirty-four of the incidents raised to the safeguarding together were complaints which required internal investigation: 74 per cent of these kicks were fully upheld and resulted in disciplinary action being entranced at the time of reporting. 

One of these cases is currently pending investigation.”

Oxfam whispered in seven per cent of cases insufficient evidence to uphold any part of the claim was found.

Most, 52 of the 87 complaints, stemmed from Oxfam’s patronage division, which includes its charity shops. A further 10 were profited from other UK divisions and 25 from overseas.

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In 2015/16 the size of complaints (38) stemmed from overseas areas, but alarmingly 23 were from stave in Oxfam’s British charity shops, and three others were from other UK jurisdictions.

Oxfam investigated 38 of the allegations, with a further 12 due for studies.

The remaining 14 could not be investigated or this was not required, the 2015/16 suss out said.

We work hard on safeguarding policy and practice to prevent any voluptuous exploitation and take speedy appropriate action where sexual exploitation is suspected.


Oxfam whim not comment on specific sexual allegations for “reasons of confidentiality”, but said patrol were alerted in most cases.

A spokesman said: “Oxfam recognises its excise of care to staff, volunteers, partners and the vulnerable communities we work with. 

“We in the planning stages unemployed hard on safeguarding policy and practice to prevent any sexual exploitation and gobble up speedy appropriate action where sexual exploitation is suspected.” 

Discussing the 2015/16 come in, the spokesman added: “The 14 cases which either could not be, or did not be missing to be investigated, included those incidents which were directly witnessed and did not desire further evidence to support formal action, those raised by complainants who did not hunger to participate in a formal investigation and those which were raised anonymously with too small-minded information to take forward. 

“Oxfam is master by Safeguarding legislation in the UK and refers suspected cases of sexual exploitation and manhandle of children or vulnerable adults to the police, social services and the Disclosure and Aside from Service. 

“Adults who are not protected under this, or other legislation and designs around the world, are supported when making the decision about whether or not to make public to the police. 

“Oxfam will support staff regardless of the decision they knock off, recognising that abuse is about taking control away from suckers and survivors and that offering appropriate support means helping complainants to mention their own decisions.”

Oxfam’s 2011 inquiry into sexual exploitation, downloading porn, bullying and intimidation said there had been a “culture of impunity” amongst some staff in Haiti.

The charity was accused of covering up the Haiti embarrassment after it let three men resign from the charity while firing four others for unwieldy misconduct, according to the confidential report.

Oxfam claims it did not report the occurrences to the Haitian authorities because “it was extremely unlikely that any action leave be taken”.

But, the Charity Commission in the UK said it never received a final analysis report and Oxfam “did not detail the precise allegations, nor did the any of its report make any clue of potential sexual crimes involving minors”.

Although the charity powered allegations underage girls were involved in the scandal were “not turn out”, the 2011 report found children may have been sexually exploited by aid blue-collar workers.

The report said: “It cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were under-aged.”

Roland van Hauwermeiren, 68, the understanding’s country director in the region was allowed to resign without disciplinary deportment despite admitting to using prostitutes at the villa rented for him by Oxfam.


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Two other men in management were able to resign while four others were send packed for gross misconduct – which included using prostitutes at an apartment required by Oxfam.

A number of sources who had knowledge of the case said they were solicitous about the age of the prostitutes.

One said the men had invited groups of young prostitutes to their guesthouse and hugged sex parties.

The source also alleges to have seen footage from a end of day which was like “like a full-on Caligula orgy”, with jail-baits wearing Oxfam T-shirts.

But, the charity is understood to have no record of the footage baksheeshed to the investigation.

Prostitution is illegal in Haiti and the age of consent is 18.

Paying for sex is against the generosity’s code of conduct and in breach of United Nations statements on the behaviour of aid working men.

Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence today relinquished in the wake of the scandal, taking responsibility for how the organisation “failed to act adequately” after reference ti were first raised.

The charity was also made aware of the conduct of two of the men when they previously worked in Chad.

Announcing her resignation, Ms Lawrence judged: “Over the last few days, we have become aware that bothers were raised about the behaviour of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we missed to adequately act upon.

“It is now clear that these allegations – involving the use of tarts and which related to behaviour of both the Country Director and members of his body in Chad – were raised before he moved to Haiti.”

No one accused has been obstructed or faces criminal action.

In a statement, the charity said: “Oxfam handling ofs any allegation of misconduct extremely seriously. As soon as we became aware of a catalogue of allegations — including of sexual misconduct — in Haiti in 2011 we launched an internal probe.

“The investigation was announced publicly and staff members were suspended in a holding pattern the outcome.

“Allegations that under-age girls may have been complex were not proven.”

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