and Germany's media are just waking up to it
UPI -- The Haitian government Wednesday permanently banned Oxfam from operating in the country after staff were accused of sexual misconduct.
The government said the decision to ban the Britain-based charity confederation was made due to "violation of Haitian legislation and serious breach of the principle of human dignity" following the 2010 earthquake.
"The NGO is therefore declared persona non grata," said Haiti's minister of planning and external cooperation, Aviol Fleurant.
Oxfam responded to Haiti's decision by condemning the staff's behavior and offering an apology to the country.
"The behavior of some former Oxfam staff working in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake was completely unacceptable," the organization said. "We have apologized to the government and the Haitian people for what happened."
Haiti's decision to permanently ban Oxfam came after the country suspended its operations in February and Oxfam conducted an investigation into sexual misconduct involving staff members (3rd story on link).
Oxfam, which has been in Haiti since 1978 and increased its presence after the earthquake, said it would continue to work in Haiti through affiliate members from Italy, Spain, and Quebec, Canada.
Oxfam Deputy Chief Executive Penny Lawrence resigned in February, saying she was "deeply sad" and "took full responsibility" for alleged sexual misconduct by staff in Chad and Haiti.
Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring also announced his resignation in May to allow someone else to rebuild the program following the misconduct.
A 45-year-old man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly sent child pornography images to an undercover cop.
The suspect was arrested on Monday after officers with the Toronto Police Service Child Exploitation Section executed a search warrant at an address near Gerrard Street and Jones Avenue.
Police began their investigation into the suspect after he allegedly placed an advertisement online suggesting a sexual interest in children.
Police allege that the suspect had online conversations with someone who he counseled to commit sexual offences on a child and also conversed online with an undercover officer in order to make arrangements to meet and commit sexual acts on a child.
Police say that it was during those conversations that the man allegedly sent images of child sexual abuse to the officer.
Mark Moore, 45, of Toronto, is charged with making child pornography, possessing child pornography, accessing child pornography, distributing child pornography, counseling someone to commit an indictable offence which was not committed and making an arrangement to commit a sexual assault.
WINNIPEG – The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is calling for more transparency after a new report found school employees were responsible for hundreds of alleged sexual offences involving students.
“This causes a lot of damage to children when this misuse of a relationship occurs, and it can be profound,” Noni Classen, the centre’s director of education said Thursday.
“This can ruin children’s lives.”
Researchers found 750 cases of sexual offences involving at least 1,272 children were perpetrated by employees or former employees. The vast majority — 86 per cent — were certified teachers, but other staff such as educational assistants and custodians were also charged.
Most of the victims were in middle school and high school. They were primarily girls while the alleged offenders were largely men.
“It really was something where you needed to sit back and take a moment and say, ‘OK we really need to look at this. We need to question what’s being done. This is something where there can be harm to children’,” Classen said.
Researchers at the centre started to collect and analyze data following Project Spade, an international police investigation into child pornography which led to more than 400 arrests around the world. Of the 100 people arrested in Canada, Classen said 40 were teachers.
Researchers wanted to understand the scope of the problem so that they could see how to prevent future abuse.