A third of the alleged sexual abuse by the UN’s Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) involved minors under 18, according to a new draft report by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), which was seen by the Associated Press.
The news agency reported on Tuesday that the information was collected by the OIOS, which last year interviewed 231 females in Haiti. The interviewees claimed they had been forced to carry out sexual acts with UN peacekeepers in return for basic necessities.
“For rural women, hunger, lack of shelter, baby care items, medication and household items were frequently cited as the triggering need,” the report said.
It added that those living in the city or in its vicinity had sex in exchange for “church shoes, cell phones, laptops and perfume, as well as money.” The report did not explain, however, how the latter cases were considered abuse, as the items requested in exchange for the sexual activities do not categorize as basic necessities. via PressTV