Oxfam sex abuse scandal widens to charity's United Kingdom shops

UK charity watchdog to probe Oxfam amid sex abuse claims

The Times newspaper reported on Friday that some staff who were in Haiti after the 2010 quake there had paid for sex with prostitutes.

She told Channel 4 News: "Behind Oxfam, there are thousands of committed staff".

McCarthy noted that humanitarian workers often put themselves at great risk in order to do their work and are "motivated by a desire to help people in crisis situations".

What I recognise now, with the severity of issues as they have emerged, is that we should have resourced that team up faster as we now have, indeed, done.

Oxfam's deputy chief executive last night resigned after the Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt hauled in the already under fire charity's bosses.

It was revealed that one of the persons accused of sexual misconduct later began working for CAFOD in the Philippines, after leaving Oxfam.

One case involving an adult volunteer assaulting a child - the minimum age for volunteers is 14 - went to court, Evans said.

Although the allegations refer to events before his tenure, Mr Goldring has since been directly dragged into the controversy after a whistleblower claimed he failed to act on concerns raised to him in 2014.

Evans asked for a chance to present this report to Oxfam's senior leadership team but "about an hour before I was due to present I was told I was no longer needed". We might be dealing with a paedophile ring.

The British Government has now threatened to cut aid funding to charities that fall short on safeguarding and do not cooperate with authorities investigating alleged sexual abuse.

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She also wrote to all United Kingdom charities working overseas to insist they give her specific assurances that they have reported everything untoward to the relevant authorities.

"The problem now is the reputational damage that does not just to Oxfam but all other aid workers".

The DFID Secretary added: "My absolute priority is to keep the world's poorest and most vulnerable people safe from harm".

British aid organization Oxfam faced fresh pressure on Tuesday after a former senior member of staff said her concerns about "a culture of sexual abuse" involving aid workers in some the organization's offices had been ignored.

In an internal report cited by The Times, agency staff allegedly organized "Caligula-style" orgies with girls dressed in Oxfam T-shirts.

Announcing the Charity Commission's decision to open an inquiry into Oxfam, the regulator's deputy chief executive, David Holsworth, said: "Charities and dedicated, hard-working aid workers undertake vital, lifesaving work in some of the most hard circumstances across the world".

However the former Richmond MP, and scandal-hit charities, need to realise that the benevolence of donors - and taxpayers - can no longer be taken for granted unless urgent steps are taken to restore the public's trust.

"The excuse that Oxfam has used is, "Oh, we didn't think the police would do anything" - and somehow morally they think that's right?" If they are children, they should be charged in front of the courts here because he's broken the sex tourism laws.

Oxfam could lose the money it receives from the British government after the growing scandal.

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The EU on Monday also warned that the bloc would withhold funding if charities breached ethical standards.

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