United Kingdom reviewing Oxfam ties after sex abuse scandal in Haiti


The Charity Commission's deputy chief executive David Holdsworth said: "Charities and dedicated, hard-working aid workers undertake vital, lifesaving work in some of the most hard circumstances across the world".

Oxfam is battling the fallout from revelations that its staff engaged sex workers while delivering aid after the 2010 quake in Haiti.

Former Conservative leader Lord Hague also warned against cutting the foreign aid budget in the wake of the scandal. What happened in Haiti was a few privileged men abusing the very people they were supposed to protect - using the power they had from Oxfam to abuse powerless women.

The sex scandal engulfing Oxfam's operations overseas has now extended to its charity shops in the United Kingdom, after its former head of safeguarding described the situation where adult volunteers working with child volunteers do not require criminal record checks as an "extraordinary loophole".

When asked, a Number 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister, of course, has full confidence in the Secretary of State to lead this department, a department which has already taken action on this issue". "It is now clear that these allegations - involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the Country Director and members of his team in Chad - were raised before he moved to Haiti".

As a result, four people were dismissed, and three others - including the Haiti country director who had previously held the same role in Chad - had resigned, according to Oxfam.

Oxfam said it investigated the allegations in 2011.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent right-wing Conservative lawmaker, delivered to May's office on Friday a petition by readers of the Daily Express newspaper complaining that the aid budget was not well spent and should be cut.

It stated: "further details about the scope of the inquiry will be made public in the coming days". It said it also met with her again in 2017 "and based on this we opened a formal regulatory compliance case with the charity which has been ongoing since that time".

The scandal broke last week with a report in The London Times.

Oxfam, a confederation of humanitarian organizations based in the United Kingdom, has assured that it immediately launched an in-house inquiry in 2011. "There was an exploration of how should the organization respond but we didn't act on it".

He added: "I am absolutely committed... to wipe out that kind of behaviour from Oxfam and rebuild that relationship of trust [with the public]".

"That troubled me", said Evans, "because I knew that Oxfam was not conducting the criminal record checks that it needed to conduct, that children were being left alone with adults that hadn't been record checked".

A decision on whether to withdraw public funding from Oxfam over the aid worker sex scandal will not be taken hastily, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has said.

Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, is leading on our work on the protection against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse.

Patel, who left the Cabinet in November, has claimed that Whitehall officials knew about the abuse, and that she had shared details from United Nations reports with them.