LONDON – Oxfam officials are set to meet with Britain's international development secretary in a bid to retain government funding amid a deepening scandal over sexual misconduct by the charity's workers in Haiti.
Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt is demanding that Oxfam show moral accountability and provide full disclosure about the case. On Sunday she threatened to pull public funding from Oxfam unless the charity reveals everything it knows about allegations that some of staff used prostitutes, some of whom were minors, while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.
Oxfam has apologized unreservedly, but denied that it attempted to cover up the scandal.
Former International Development Secretary Priti Patel has said there is a "culture of denial" about exploitation and sexual abuse in the aid sector.