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UN peacekeepers routinely traded sex for money and goods – Firstpost


In Haiti, 231 people admitted to having “transactional sexual relationships” with peacekeeping personnel in exchange for “jewellery, ‘church’ shoes, dresses, fancy underwear, cell phones, perfume, radios, televisions and, in a few cases, laptops.”

Women interviewed in the report said they were hungry, homeless or needed items for their babies or their households.

A survey of 489 women aged 18 to 30 in Monrovia showed that over a quarter of the city’s women had engaged in sex with UN peacekeepers, usually for money.

In Liberia, women who engaged in sex with the peacekeepers were not poorer than others and also viewed the mission “more favorably” than women who did not have sexual relations, the study showed.

The report noted that some women in Haiti “withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media” if the men refused to pay.

“Evidence from two peacekeeping missions demonstrates that transactional sex is quite common but underreported in peacekeeping missions,” said the draft report dated May 15.

There were 480 allegations of sexual abuse from 2008 and 2013 with the largest missions registering high numbers of cases, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Haiti, Sudan and South Sudan. via – Firstpost.

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