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Sex abuse in the aid sector

The aid industry has come under scrutiny after revelations in 2018 that Oxfam staff used prostitutes in Haiti during an earthquake relief mission in 2010 snowballed into widespread reports of harassment and abuse in the sector.

year-long investigation in 2020 by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and The New Humanitarian uncovered reports of sexual exploitation by aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the Ebola outbreak.

A year later in 2021, more than 20 Congolese women have again accused aid workers of sexual abuse in new claims that include rape and unwanted pregnancies, with United Nations investigators uncovering similar allegations of workers exploiting vulnerable women.