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Oxfam in crisis talks over sex scandal, it may be ‘tip of the iceberg’

Staff Writer | February 12, 2018
Oxfam is facing mounting criticism over its handling of sex abuse allegations after it was claimed staff hired prostitutes in earthquake-torn Haiti.
Penny Mordaunt
Britain   Sex for aid
The charity will go into crisis talks with the government today amid the sexual misconduct claims.

It has denied it tried to cover up the use of prostitutes by aid workers in 2011, amid fresh allegations on Sunday night that the charity knew of concerns over two of the men caught up in the Haiti sex scandal before they were posted there.

The charity’s chief executive Paul Goldring faces a grilling by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today amid threats to withdraw government funding.

Mordaunt warned the "scandal" has put Oxfam’s relationship with the government at risk.

Goldring is expected to claim that Oxfam had not informed ministers of the allegations in 2011 because it believed that staff accused of paying prostitutes were not guilty of exchanging "sex for aid."

But Mordaunt said on Sunday that the charity had lied and failed in its ‘moral leadership’ by failing to fully disclose details of its investigation into the misconduct to relevant authorities.

"I am affording them the opportunity to tell me in person what they did after these events and I’m going to be looking to see if they are displaying the moral leadership that I think they need to now," she told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show.

"If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there then we cannot have you as a partner."

Oxfam received £34million in state funding last year.