Another UN sex scandal…
Even after safeguards were put in place after last year’s accusations, the UN is stung again with more allegations of sex with children:
The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hit by several recent sex scandals, has said it is investigating yet another one – a suspected child-sex ring involving its peacekeepers and government soldiers.
Among the accusations being investigated is that pimps are using the presence of UN peacekeepers to lure girls to work as prostitutes in South Kivu, the mission said in a statement on Thursday.
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The UN’s 17,000-strong mission, known as Monuc, which is backing a string of peace deals in the vast African nation following a 1998-2003 war and helping to run elections, last year banned sex with locals.
Monuc’s statement said: “Although the majority of their patrons are Congolese soldiers and civilians, some of the girls involved mentioned that elements of Monuc contingents based in the region were also among their clients.
Last year, the UN barred peacekeepers in Congo from fraternising with locals after investigations found some soldiers and civilian staff were guilty of rape and paedophilia including enticing hungry children with food or money for sex.