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New Report on Prolific Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers in Haiti

More information has come out about UN peacekeepers sexually abusing those they are meant to serve, this time in Haiti. A new report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services includes interviews with 231 people who were allegedly forced to perform sexual acts in exchange for basic needs like medication and food. The report’s official release is expected this month.

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UN peacekeepers sexually abused hundreds of Haitian women & girls – report

RT News

June 10, 2015

Reuters / Logan Abassi

UN peacekeepers deployed in Haiti engaged in “transactional” sexual relationships for food and medicine with over 200 women and underage girls, a draft report seen by the Associated Press suggests, noting that many cases of abuse remain underreported.

According to a new UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) report obtained by the news agency, a third of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse involved minors under 18.

The shocking conclusions were revealed after investigators interviewed 231 people in Haiti who claimed they were forced to perform sexual acts with UN peacekeepers in exchange for basic necessities.

“For rural women, hunger, lack of shelter, baby care items, medication and household items were frequently cited as the ‘triggering need,'” the report says. Those living in the city or in its vicinity had sex in exchange for “church shoes, cell phones, laptops and perfume, as well as money,” report says.

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