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Oxfam rocked by corruption, sex abuse allegations

IANS  |  New York 

Oxfam, the British government-funded charity that has campaigned against and sex in India, has itself been rocked by allegations of and sex abuse, according to

Its chairman, Juan Alberto Fuentes, was arrested in on Tuesday as part of an investigation into graft and its deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, quit on Monday saying she was "ashamed" of how the organisation had handled sex scandals.

The charity's former who was in charge of safeguarding employees, volunteers and recipients, Helen Evans, accused senior leaders of ignoring evidence that teenage volunteers in its British shops had been abused and staff abroad traded sex for aid, reported.

According to the newspaper, she said that ten per cent of staff in some countries had been sexually assaulted by colleagues or witnessed

also reported that recorded two incidents of sex harassment, 31 and 87 according to figures compiled by charities about cases in Britain and abroad.

Former Aid Secretary, Priti Patel, said that the revelations were "just tip of the iceberg" and the government knew of 300 cases in the aid sector, the newspaper quoted her.

had covered up the incidents of "use of prostitutes, downloading pornography, bullying and intimidation in Haiti" by seven of its workers who were dismissed or allowed to resign in 2011, according to of which broke the story.

Of them, the country officer for Haiti, Roland van Hauwermeiren, had earlier left a position with a charity, Merlin, in after an investigation into sex parties. said that Merlin is a medical charity that has merged with organisation.

He later went to work for a French organisation, Action Against Hunger, as in Bangladesh, the newspaper said.

There are also allegations of employees using prostitutes in Chad, according to

Fuentes, who had been Guatemala's minister, was arrested along with a former and eight others in a case involving allegations around a mass transport system, reported quoting the Guatemalan newspaper

As a fallout of the sex allegations, quit as Oxfam's She tweeted: "All I can tell you about this awful revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated. Devastated for the women who were used by people sent there to help them, devastated by the response of an organization that I have been raising awareness for since I was nine years old."

reported that Oxfam spent $414 million last year for its charities and its donors include companies like Google, and

The gave it $44 million, according to the



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 12:14 IST