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Haiti's President condemns Oxfam over sex scandal

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Haiti's Jovenel has strongly condemned British charity Oxfam, after it emerged that its staff hired prostitutes while delivering aid in 2011.

In a post on Monday, 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 in 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 reported.

One of the UK's biggest charities, was the subject of a report in 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.

was in the country offering relief following a devastating 7 magnitude earthquake that killed over 200,000 people in 2010.

The charity has since confirmed that sexual misconduct occurred and that several staff members were dismissed or resigned after the internal investigation, but denies any cover-up.

It has been accused by a British charity watchdog, which launched an inquiry, of failing to disclose the full details.

Oxfam's resigned on Monday over the handling of the scandal and the threatened to cut funding to the charity's projects.

A senior government source in confirmed to the that an investigation will now be launched into foreign aid agencies operating there.

Several Haitian NGOs said that the problems with Oxfam in were institutional.

Pierre Esperance, the of Haiti's National Human Rights Defence Network, said: "Oxfam, after the earthquake, became like a factory."

"A big organisation with a lot of people with bad management. People who don't have any skill regarding development, with a lot of money, and this is the result."



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:02 IST