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SEX FOR AID: Charity backed by Meghan Markle admits workers swapped food for sex with Haiti quake survivors
- The world's largest children's charity World Vision was singled out by a 2011 World Food Programme investigation for sexual and financial exploitation of vulnerable survivors
18th February 2018
A CHARITY backed by Meghan Markle has admitted its workers exchanged food and cash for sex with those who survived the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
World Vision, who Prince Harry’s fiancée was an ambassador for until last year, was found to have been used by some to sexually and financially exploit vulnerable locals.
Survivors of the disaster were forced by paid employees to have sex or pay money for the World Food Programme (WFP) aid.
There are fears the charity may face a similar fate to Oxfam and face being stripped of bidding for taxpayer cash.
The WFP was set up by the United Nations in 1961 to distribute food in emergencies.
In 2011 the WFP chose to carry out an outside evaluation of projects run by its charities involved in the programme.
According to the Daily Mail the investigation singled out criticism of World Vision including "concerns about various forms of exploitation of beneficiaries, fraud, nepotism and inaccurate records."
After meetings with WFP chiefs the charity ordered a 'Beneficiary Process Evaluation' in 2012 which confirmed people receiving aid were "subject to a level of sexual and financial exploitation."
World Vision is the world's largest international children's charity and received £17million from the UK Government in aid last year.
It admits that some of the leaders who made the selections were "temporarily" paid but denied that any were formal employees.
A WFP spokesman said the investigation unveiled "worrying irregularities" and had told the charity to deal accordingly with the claims.
A spokesman for World Vision said: "In light of the current situation, we are reviewing histroic data about incidents and how we reacted.
"We are committed to disclosing any new information to our regulators and partners."
MPs have since demanded an investigation into sexual misconduct claims into the aid industry.
It comes as one of the UK's biggest charities Oxfam was hit with a wave of sexual misconduct claims earlier in the month.
On Friday Oxfam GB boss Mark Goldring caused controversy after trying to downplay aid workers' alleged use of prostitutes claiming it was not as if they had "murdered babies in their cots."
The “Food for Sex” scandal of World Vision aid workers exposed the plight of disaster victims. It also prompted people to reflect on the ethical basis of the exchange of sex services. Some people believe that the trade was fair, as both got what they needed from it. However, food is a basic need for survival. Asking someone to trade sex in exchange for something that is crucial for one’s life and death is certainly not “fair”. A fair exchange is one where both parties are given the same rights/power to choose; sex workers can decide the types of service to give and how they can be compensated. It prevents sex workers from oppression.