Oxfam help staff accused of utilizing prostitutes in Haiti

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"The behavior, discovered in Haiti in 2011, of some Oxfam staff members was totally unacceptable, contrary to our values and the high demands we expect from our staff", Oxfam wrote in a statement released on Friday. There is also reportedly footage from a night one of the sources described as a "full-on Caligula orgy" with girls dressed in nothing but Oxfam t-shirts.

The Times said Oxford-based Oxfam allowed three men to resign and sacked four others for gross misconduct following investigations into behaviour in Haiti.

Oxfam, one of the largest charities in Britain, was in the midst of a large effort on the island after the quake, which killed more than 200,000 people, injured 300,000 and left more than 1.5 million displaced.

The Times of London's investigation, which was published Thursday (local time), also detailed allegations that Oxfam's country director used prostitutes, as part of the raft of misconduct alleged to have occurred while the organisation deployed to help the reeling island nation recover after a devastating 2010 quake.

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This is the case, according to the Times, of Roland Van Hauwermeiren, 68, forced to resign, as confirmed by Oxfam, from his post as Haiti director of the organization after admitting to having hired prostitutes, and could then become Chef de Mission for Action against Hunger in Bangladesh in 2014.

"Allegations such as those involving Oxfam staff risk undermining public trust". The aid workers were there to provide relief after the 2010 Haiti natural disaster.

A Charity Commission spokeswoman said it was engaged with Oxfam on more recent allegations of sexual harassment, reported widely a year ago, and has demanded that the charity provide details of the claims in Haiti.

'We are now engaged with the charity regarding its approach to safeguarding following more recent allegations. We will expect the charity to provide us with assurance that it has learnt lessons from past incidents and is taking all necessary steps to safeguard all who come into with it'.

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Oxfam has said it launched an immediate internal investigation in 2011 which found a "culture of impunity" among some staff, but denied it was behind a "cover-up" to protect its reputation. It did, however, state the claims related to abuse of power and bullying and not fraud.

The Times' report was based off sources familiar with the organisation's work in Haiti around that time as well as a report summarising an internal Oxfam investigation into the allegations from the time.

It said that it had not been able to prove allegations that underage girls were involved.

'The country director took full responsibility for events that took place under his management and was permitted to resign on the basis that he fully cooperated with and supported the investigation.

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Oxfam said it has now set up a whistleblowing hotline as a result of its 2011 investigation.

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