Oxfam scandal widens as other abuse cases revealed

Oxfam proved to be involved in Chad prostitute parties

Oxfam proved to be involved in Chad prostitute parties

Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, also accused Oxfam of a failure of "moral leadership'".

"At the time, and based on the information provided, we were satisfied that the trustees were handling matters appropriately and did not have regulatory concerns".

"If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we can not have you as a partner", she said.

Ms Mordaunt revealed the charity had "categorically" stated to the Department for International Development (DfID) that no harm was done and beneficiaries were not involved, which she said was a lie.

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

Major global charity Oxfam is in hot water with the British government for having sex parties with Haitian prostitutes following the 2010 quake that rattled the nation, killing 220,000 people.

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.

"The way this appalling abuse of vulnerable people was dealt with raises serious questions that Oxfam must answer".

The chief executive said: "With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about sexual misconduct".

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"But I don't think it was in anyone's best interest to be describing the details of the behavior in a way that was actually going to draw extreme attention to it when what we wanted to do was get on and deliver an aid program".

The French charity told the paper it made pre-employment checks but that Oxfam "did not share with us any warning regarding (his) unethical conduct, the reasons for his resignation or the results of internal inquiry". "We were not told about the nature of these events".

Responding to a report in The Times newspaper, Oxfam admitted that the behaviour of some of its staff had been "totally unacceptable".

Oxfam has denied allegations that it tried to hide that some of its staff paid prostitutes in the aftermath of the quake.

It added that the vast number of aid operations working around the globe meant it was "not possible.to ensure that those found guilty of sexual misconduct were not re-employed in the sector".

CEO Mark Goldring told ITV News he was sorry for the incident but denied it had been covered up by the charity.

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

Meanwhile an Oxfam spokeswoman has said the charity would not have provided a positive reference for any of those who were dismissed or resigned.

Oxfam's own investigation into the allegations led to four people being fired and three others resigning.

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