New scandal emerges as charity battles revelations that employees in Haiti paid for sex. Oxfam was hit with new allegations of staff involvement with prostitution yesterday on Saturday, after claims that employees at a second country mission had used sex workers while living at the organisation’s premises.
Former staff who worked for the charity in Chad alleged that women believed to be prostitutes were repeatedly invited to the Oxfam team house there, with one adding that a senior member of staff had been fired for his behaviour in 2006.
Roland van Hauwermeiren, who has since been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti, was head of Oxfam in Chad at the time. Van Hauwermeiren resigned from Oxfam in 2011, after admitting that prostitutes had visited his villa in Haiti. One former Chad aid worker said on Saturday: “They would invite the women for parties, we knew they weren’t just friends but something else.
“I have so much respect for Oxfam, they do great work, but this is a sector-wide problem,” the former staffer told the Observer.
There are fears among aid workers that such disclosures might reduce donations to the most vulnerable at a time when funding is already under pressure.
“Charities need to find a way to deal with it – so that people don’t reappear somewhere else,” they said.
Oxfam said it could not confirm whether it had any records about a Chad staff member dismissed in 2006. Its staff in Chad at the time lived under a strict curfew due to security concerns: employees could not walk around freely and were confined to the guest house from early evening. Some employees had raised the issue of prostitutes with Van Hauwermeiren…
via the Guardian