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Oxfam set for crisis talks amid Haiti sexual abuse scandal

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The British charity will try to convince the on Monday to continue its funding despite claims of sexual misconduct by its aid workers in

The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry that its senior staff hired prostitutes while delivering aid in after the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

denies a cover-up and its officials were set to meet later in the day, the reported.

The aid workers -- including the country director at the time, -- were accused of turning a villa rented by the organization into a makeshift brothel, with prostitutes wearing only Oxfam T-shirts.

Oxfam received about 32 million pounds ($44 million) from the government last financial year, according to public records.

warned on Sunday that Oxfam could lose millions of pounds in public funding because of the scandal.

Mordaunt's predecessor shared concerns about the cover-up and wrote in that the Oxfam scandal was just "the tip of the iceberg".

In an interview with Patel said: "I did my own research and I have to say I had a lot of push-back within my own department ... that is the scandal. People knew about this."

A said the had taken action to enforce a "zero-tolerance approach" to allegations of "horrific behaviour" by Oxfam staff. He gave no details on what the actions were.

Oxfam could also face legal action in The country is considering pursuing criminal charges, the Haitian of mission to the UK, Bocchit Edmond, told

Edmond said that Oxfam representatives in Haiti would be summoned by the

According to reports, Oxfam failed to warn NGOs about the allegations, allowing some of the accused to get jobs at other aid agencies.

The said that Oxfam informed the agency in August 2011 that the charity was conducting an internal investigation related to inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and the intimidation of staff.

But the aid organization failed to reveal the scope and key details of the case.

Oxfam did not deny the accusations against its staff members, but it denied a cover-up, saying that it launched a swift internal investigation after it became aware of the allegations.

Four people were fired and another three resigned, including van Hauwermeiren, the charity said.

Oxfam is one of the UK's largest and most prominent aid groups, operating development programmes in over 90 countries around the world.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 19:50 IST