Oxfam has admitted it ‘got it wrong’ and should have made its Haiti sex scandal public as the Government reviews the charity’s multi-million pound funding.
It comes as staff involved in the investigation were given references by former employees and went on to work for other aid agencies who were unaware of their conduct.
Oxfam had allowed three men to resign and sacked four others for gross misconduct after they were found to have hosted “Caligula” style sex parties involving Haitian prostitutes in the aftermath of 2010 earthquake.
(…) Last night Oxfam’s chief executive Mark Goldring told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about sexual misconduct.
“But I don’t think it was in anyone’s best interest to be describing the details of the behaviour in a way that was actually going to draw extreme attention to it when what we wanted to do was get on and deliver an aid programme.”
At the time, the charity only referred to the behaviour as “serious misconduct” but Mr Goldring denies there has been a “cover-up”.
The Charity Commission says Oxfam’s report stated there had been no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries and did not mention potential sexual crimes involving minors.
“Our approach to this matter would have been different had the full details that have been reported been disclosed to us at the time,” the Charity Commission said in a statement.