A child sex ring has been uncovered in Haiti – where many of the participants were UN peacekeepers sent after the terrible Earthquake and cholera outbreaks. Children have been coming forward and sharing their stories, which are truly sad and disgusting. Meanwhile, Haiti has made inquiries to those countries from which the accused hail from, and found that the UN has no power to investigate, or force those countries to investigate.
An interview with one girl, known only as ‘Victim Number One’, describes at least 50 peacekeepers that she was forced to have sex with when she was between the ages of 12 and 15. She said one peacekeeper gave her 75 cents for sex once, adding that she was so young she ‘did not even have breasts’ yet.
The incredibly disturbing UN report documented a slew of abusive between 2003 and 2007. At least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children as young as 12 in a sex ring. Poor Haitian children had no choice. Some were lured in with snacks and cookies.
Not a single peacekeeper as of yet has faced any charges of jail time.
The Daily Mail has more:
In the wake of the report, 114 peacekeepers were sent home thought none were imprisoned.
‘I did not even have breasts,’ said a girl, known as V01 – Victim No. 1. Sometimes she slept in U.N. trucks on the base next to the decaying resort, whose once-glamorous buildings were being overtaken by jungle.
Justice for victims like V01 is rare. An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world – signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.
Legally, the U.N. is in a bind. It has no jurisdiction over peacekeepers, leaving punishment to the countries that contribute the troops.
The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U.N. officials and investigators and sought answers from 23 countries on the number of peacekeepers who faced such allegations and, what if anything, was done to investigate. With rare exceptions, few nations responded to repeated requests, while the names of those found guilty are kept confidential, making accountability impossible to determine.
Without agreement for widespread reform and accountability from the U.N.’s member states, solutions remain elusive.
In March, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and other personnel.