Oxfam staff ‘paid prostitutes for sex in Haiti during earthquake recovery – then charity covered up scandal’


People search through rubble in Port au Prince, Haiti, after the devastating 2010 earthquake

One senior aid worker held “sex parties” at a villa rented by the charity described as “like a full-on Caligula orgy”, it has been reported

Top staff at Oxfam paid Haitian prostitutes for sex in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, it has been claimed.

Senior aid workers were found to have paid for sex while involved in the massive cleanup operation after the natural disaster killed 220,000 people and left millions more homeless, the Times reports.

The charity, which receives £300million a year in government funding, conducted an internal investigation which led to three men being sacked for gross misconduct.

Four others were allowed to resign, it is claimed.

One source told the Times that an Oxfam worker had arranged “sex parties” at a villa rented by the charity.

There was also said to be video footage of one such party that was described as “like a full-on Caligula orgy”.

The bombshell report from 2011, kept hidden by Oxfam until now, also expressed concerns some of the prostitutes were underage.


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Aid being loaded up for Haiti from Oxfam’s warehouse in Bicester in 2010 (Image: Getty Images Europe)Details of the bombshell Oxfam report from 2011 have remained hidden until now (Image: PA)Senior staff paid prostitutes for sex while working in Haiti, an Oxfam investigation found

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Senior staff paid prostitutes for sex while working in Haiti, an Oxfam investigation found

“It cannot be ruled out that any of the prostitutes were underage,” the report said.

Paying for sex is illegal in Haiti and against Oxfam’s staff code of conduct.

None of those involved has faced any criminal investigation.

According to the Times, Oxfam did not report the scandal to Haitian authorities because “it was extremely unlikely that any action would be taken.”

The Charity Commission confirmed it had been made aware of the sexual misconduct but said it was never given a copy of the final report.

In September 2011, Oxfam announced that six staff had left due to misconduct described as “abuse of power and bullying”.


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The earthquake left 220,000 people dead and millions more homeless in Haiti

Oxfam told The Times last night: “Oxfam treats any allegation of misconduct extremely seriously.

“As soon as we became aware of a range of allegations – including of sexual misconduct – in Haiti in 2011 we launched an internal investigation.

“The investigation was announced publicly and staff members were suspended pending the outcome.”

Allegations “that under-age girls may have been involved were not proven,” the charity added.

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