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Oxfam deputy chief quits over sex scandal allegations

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resigned today taking "full responsibility" for the behaviour of the British charity's staff in where the aid workers possibly hired prostitutes for sex parties.

"As a at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility," Lawrence said in a statement.

The UK-based charity is accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims that its staff hired prostitutes while delivering aid in in 2011 after the earthquake which devastated the island.

Her resignation comes shortly after met with today in a bid to prevent its government funding from being cut.

"It is now clear that these allegations - involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behaviour of both the and members of his team in - were raised before he moved to Haiti," Lawrence said.

She said she was "desperately sorry" for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam's supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted the organisation.

"It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organisation that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world," said Lawrence, who had joined the charity in 2006 as before being appointed deputy in 2016.

employs around 5,000 workers and has 23,000 additional volunteers.

Meanwhile, ministers have launched an investigation into claims that foreign aid officials brushed off allegations of child abuse committed by aid workers.

The probe comes after Priti Patel, who ran the department until November, said that the Oxfam scandal was just the "tip of the iceberg".

Patel yesterday said that officials at the Department for International Development had "dismissed" her concerns when she raised them. She was then in charge of the Department.

Oxfam's own investigation led to four people being sacked and three others resigning, including the for

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:10 IST