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Charity aid workers ‘used local prostitutes’ in Africa

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Workers at health charity organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres are accused of using prostitutes in Africa.

The aid workers are said to have used these local prostitutes while working on the continent.

The revelations were made by whistle-blowers who spoke to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Some of the whistle-blowers claim that aid workers exchanged sex for medication.

The scandal is said to be widespread among aid workers for the charity group.

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Who are involved in the scandal?

The whistle-blowers claim the act is mainly undertaken by logistical staff, and not doctors or nurses.

One of the female whistle-blowers said some senior staff brought girls back to MSF accommodation in Kenya.

“The girls were very young and rumoured to be prostitutes,” she said, adding that it was “implicit” that they were there for sex.

“My colleague, who was staying in the same residence for a long time, felt that this was a regular occurrence,” she said.

The whistle-blower further said she “felt that, with some of the older guys, there was definitely an abuse of power. They’d been there for a long time and took advantage of their exalted status as a Western aid worker”.

MSF stance on use of prostitutes

The charity organisation does not tolerate “abuse, harassment or exploitation”.

MSF – one of the world’s biggest foreign aid agencies also known as Doctors Without Borders bans the use of prostitutes under its code of conduct.

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