UN peacekeepers ‘traded food and medicine for sex’ with Haitian women
By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Jun 11 2015, 3:25 pm
The draft report has been prepared by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) also revealed around a third of those forced for ‘transactional sex’ were minors and under 18 years of age.
The report further adds that the women and children were paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.
At least 4840 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made between 2008 and 2013, according to the draft report citing hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia who have said they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers.
The Associated Press (AP) news agency which has also obtained the document, says that 231 people in Haiti interviewed last year told they had had “transactional sex” with peacekeepers.
“In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media,” according to AP citing the draft report.
The report which is expected to be released this month, says major challenges remain a decade after a ground-breaking UN report first tackled the issue.
The peacekeeping mission in Haiti was first authorized in 2004 and, as of the end of March, had more than 7,000 uniformed troops.
The United Nations currently has more than 125,000 troops, police and civilians deployed in 16 operations around the world.