Haiti president condemn UK charity Oxfam over scandal

Last Updated: Feb 13 2018 18:08

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti President Jovenel Moise has strongly condemned UK charity Oxfam for employing prostitutes as aid workers during the 2011 relief efforts when Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude Earthquake.

The scandal came to fore after Times newspaper reported it last week and accused Oxfam of concealing the facts.

Moise wrote on his Twitter handle, "There is nothing more outrageous and dishonest than a sexual predator who uses his position as part of the humanitarian response to a natural disaster to exploit needy people in their moment of greatest vulnerability."

"What happened with Oxfam in Haiti is an extremely serious violation of human dignity," he said in another tweet.

Oxfam's position

Oxfam, One of the UK's biggest charities, has confirmed sexual misconduct occurred during the relief operation. Following which its deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned and several other staff members were dismissed.

UK government has also threatened to cut funding to the charity and Haiti plans to take legal action.