UN Peacekeepers Trade Food for Sex… Again!

The aid group Save the Children accused UN aid workers of trading sex for food in the impoverished Liberia:

Aid workers and U.N. peacekeepers are trading food for sex with young girls in Liberian camps housing those left homeless by years of war, an aid group said Monday.

Save the Children, which surveyed nearly 160 children and about 170 adults who were either living in camps or had recently returned home, said they were repeatedly told of girls having sex with older men in exchange for money, food and other goods.

The accused included peacekeeping troops, aid workers and other powerful men in the community. The report did not give the nationality of the aid workers or peacekeepers involved. About 17,000 U.N. peacekeepers are based in Liberia.

And, this news report on the abuse is even more disgusting:

Sexual exploitation of girls as young as 8 is rife in refugee camps and communities in war-ravaged Liberia and threatens the country’s recovery.

Save the Children UK said an alarming number of girls as young as eight were having sex with older men including policemen, teachers, aid workers and U.N. peacekeepers in exchange for money, food or favors like a ride in a car or watching a film.

“There are significant developments which indicate the communities are becoming increasingly resigned to the fact that sex in exchange for goods and services is another method of survival,” Save the Children said in its 20-page report.

The Weekly Standard wrote last year about UN peacekeepers and staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo having sex with abused or exploited war refugees, including acts of pedophilia, rape, and prostitution.

The UN reported today that they will push a zero tolerance policy for sexual misconduct to ensure that there were no acts like those in the Congo where “the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) cited payments ranging from two eggs to $5 per sexual encounter. Some victims were abandoned orphans who were often illiterate.”

Here is the full report on Exploitation in Liberia from Save the Children. (pdf)

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