British government orders Oxfam to release documents on Haiti sex scandal
Major international charity Oxfam is in hot water with the British government for having sex parties with Haitian prostitutes following the 2010 earthquake that rattled the nation, killing 220,000 people. To date, four employees were fired from their posts and another three resigned before the investigation was complete.
Those that left went on to work at other aid agencies which were not warned of their previous behavior.
The government is looking to collect documents on the staff members who paid for sex during that time.
“These allegations are deeply shocking,” said one official.
Some employees, such as Roland van Hauwermeiren, the country director in Haiti for Britain-based Oxfam until 2011, were given permission to resign without any further action being taken against them.
Van Hauwermeiren, a 68-year-old from Belgium, has come clean about hiring prostitutes, some of these were possibly underage. The parties he hosted took place at the villa that was rented with Oxfam money.
According to one source, there is footage of what they called a “full-on Caligula orgy” with women who were wearing Oxfam shirts.
Oxfam has said that the allegations that some of the prostitutes were underage cannot be substantiated at this time. “As soon as we became aware of the allegations we immediately launched an internal investigation,” Oxfam stated.
Oxfam has denied that they took part in any coverup thought according to reports they did not let the Haitian government what was happening which meant they were unable to take legal action against the employees involved.
Oxfam’s chief executive Mark Goldring was on BBC Radio 4’s Today and said, “With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about sexual misconduct.
“But I don’t think it was in anyone’s best interest to be describing the details of the behavior in a way that was actually going to draw extreme attention to it when what we wanted to do was get on and deliver an aid program.”