Minnie Driver Quits Oxfam Ambassador Role After Prostitution Scandal

Thursday, 15 Feb, 2018

The boss at the centre of the Oxfam scandal resigned from a previous position in the charity sector after allegations he attended sex parties with young and vulnerable women in Liberia.

Since the allegations first came to light, Oxfam's deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, resigned over the handling of complaints.

The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt revealed she was writing to the charities to insist they spell out what steps they are taking on the issue and confirm they have referred all concerns about specific cases and individuals to the relevant authorities. "That sounds both disgusting and unfortunately logical", he said.

Although the organization works in Haiti, it said none of its employees or funds were involved in the alleged sexual misconduct, as Oxfam Quebec operated separately from its British affiliate in 2011.

Roland van Hauwermeiren, a 68-year-old native Belgian, became the center of worldwide embarrassment for Oxfam after reports in the last week surfaced allegations of orgies with sex workers in Haiti after its natural disaster and hiring prostitutes in war-torn Chad.

In a statement, Oxfam said the actress had been a "devoted Oxfam supporter for many years". The Scottish Government became aware of these reports over the weekend, following which the global development minister, Dr Alasdair Allan, spoke with Oxfam Scotland to make clear that any kind of sexual abuse or misconduct is completely unacceptable.

Alasdair Allan has told NGOs that the Scottish Government expects the "highest moral and ethical standards" from organisations meant to offer help to communities "at their time of greatest need".

"And then the institution that turns around and thinks doing a report and sending it up to the board is enough". Prostitution is a crime in Haiti.

Evans told Channel 4 News of a survey conducted during her 2012-2015 tenure which exposed a "culture of sexual abuse" in some Oxfam offices.

Mordaunt said: "I know people will be anxious about the charity, they'll be anxious about the money, but we need to be guided by what the Charity Commission are doing. these decisions shouldn't be taken hastily, but I am considering them".

The scandal led to the resignation of Oxfam's deputy head and has thrown into question government funding for the charity, which amounted to around £32 million (36 million euros, $44 million) past year. Teenagers can volunteer in Oxfam charity shops through the award.

On February 12, CAFOD announced it put this worker on leave.

"That accusation, particularly on the child sex issue, must be transferred back to their home country when countries have child sex tourism laws, so those home countries can investigate", Mr MacLeod said.

Oxfam's United Kingdom headquarters did not respond to the ABC's request for comment or interview.