UK Oxfam boss faces grilling over Haiti sex scandal

Haiti President Jovenel Moise

Haiti President Jovenel Moise Credit Alejandro Cegarra Bloomberg

The former Oxfam official at the centre of a prostitution scandal admitted to paying for sex at his charity-funded residence during an internal inquiry into the allegations, a report released Monday by the British organisation said.

Oxfam said that it was releasing the redacted version of the investigation report saying that it wanted to be as "transparent as possible" and recognised its previous failures.

The charity made the recommendations at the end of a report which detailed four dismissals and three resignations over allegations ranging from the use of prostitutes on charity property to sexual exploitation of employees.

In addition to the breaches of using sex workers and physical threats, a staff member was dismissed for using the charity's computing equipment to download "pornographic and illegal material" to a laptop.

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It documents accusations against others of using prostitutes in Oxfam-rented accommodation and of bullying and intimidation, but says the "only substantiated allegations" against the country director were the use of prostitutes at his Oxfam residence.

It has instead vowed to meet with Haitian government more than six years on to apologise for "mistakes" and discuss how to make amends, including to the women affected.

Oxfam's final internal investigation report from 2011 into allegations of sexual misconduct and other unacceptable behaviour during Oxfam's humanitarian response to the Haiti quake of 2010 was published by the charity after details were leaked to The Times.

With the spotlight now also falling on other aid organisations, Haitian President Jovenel Moise has said sexual misconduct by Oxfam staff was just the tip of an "iceberg".

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Charities need to show that the people they work with are protected from sexual abuse if they want to receive more Government funding in future.

However, according to the report, when he was interviewed by the investigations team, he "use of prostitutes" in OGB premises and "negligence and failure to safeguard employees - in particular female employees". "Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behavior of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon". We hope this also contributes to rebuilding trust with those who support our work.

Highlighting claims that witnesses had been physically intimidated by those accused of sexual misconduct, she said: "This is absolutely horrific".

While the investigation was still in progress, the line manager of one of the suspects leaked an investigation report to an unconnected member of staff.

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