United Kingdom threatens to cut charity aid cash after Oxfam sex abuse report

Person organising aids to be sent to Haiti

GETTY SHAME Charity chief executive Mark Goldring said Oxfam is'ashamed of what happened

THE British government today said it is warning all charities that receive United Kingdom aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011.

In a further warning to the charity, she said: "If they do not hand over all the information that they have from their investigation and subsequently to the relevant authorities, including the Charity Commission and prosecuting authorities, then I can not work with them any more as an aid delivery partner".

But the charity regulator said Oxfam's report stated there had been no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries and did not mention potential sexual crimes involving minors.

"With regard to Oxfam and any other organisation that has safeguarding issues, we expect them to cooperate fully with such authorities, and we will cease to fund any organisation that does not", she said in a statement.

Oxfam was further embroiled in scandal as reports claimed staff also used prostitutes in Chad during a humanitarian mission there in 2006.

However, some went on to senior roles at other charities that were not informed of their reasons for leaving Oxfam, it was reported.

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However, Mordaunt said not disclosing the full picture was "a scandal" and today's meeting was a chance "to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now".

Oxfam said it was "shocked and dismayed" by the new Chad claims.

Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told the BBC that she will meet with Oxfam officials on Monday and if they don't turn over everything they know "then I can not work with them anymore as an aid delivery partner".

Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise, he said. "I raised it with them through my own investigations and my own research".

She added that sexual abuse in the charity sector as "utterly despicable", and vowed to meet the charity commission to discus what more could be done to fight it.

She added: "what is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing".

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During the probe, Oxfam dismissed four staff members and another three resigned, including van Hauwermeiren.

MPs have warned about "predatory paedophiles" following sexual assault allegations against more than 120 workers for British leading charities.

Oxfam said it publicly announced an investigation into the allegations when they surfaced and kept the Charity Commission informed.

Andrew Mitchell has strenuously denied he was aware of any misconduct at Oxfam when he was in charge of the Department for International Development.

Reuters could not independently verify the allegations contained in The Times report and was unable to reach any of the Oxfam staff who worked in Haiti.

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