United Nations “peacekeepers” are at it again. This time a report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services has revealed hundreds of cases of sexual exploitation by the U.N. troops from 2008-2014.
The BBC reports:
The UN draft report says hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia told they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers, according to Reuters news agency.
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“Evidence from two peacekeeping mission countries demonstrates that transactional sex is quite common but underreported in peacekeeping missions,” the news agency is quoting the draft report.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press – 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,” AP reports the document as saying.
This isn’t the first time U.N. troops have been caught up in sex scandals. In 2002 there were 43 cases of sexual exploitation in West African that involved these so called “peacekeepers.” Other internal reports reveal rampant sex abuse by U.N. officials and vendors in locations all over the world, and even include underage sex abuse where a 16 year old girl in the Congo was raped and impregnated.