UK reviews Oxfam ties after sex abuse scandal in Haiti

London warns aid groups to tackle sex claims or funds will be cut

The Times reported Friday that the government secretary responsible for charity regulation was calling for Oxfam to provide more information about the staffers who had paid for sex in Haiti.

He said that it was very important to remember that "there are thousands of people working for Oxfam in some of the most hard places. and we must not forget that Oxfam is one of Britain's most brilliant charities".

Oxfam said it had not found evidence to back one of the Times' most explosive claims: that underage girls were involved.

Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt told the BBC that she will meet with Oxfam officials on Monday and if they don't turn over everything they know "then I can not work with them anymore as an aid delivery partner".

Four members of Oxfam staff were dismissed and three, including the country director, resigned before the end of the 2011 investigation.

She said the reports were "a complete betrayal of the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people that sent them there to do that job".

'We also want to satisfy ourselves that we do now have a culture of openness and transparency and that we fully learn the lessons of events in 2011'.

Former Oxfam staff in Chad told the paper that "women believed to be prostitutes were repeatedly invited to the Oxfam team house there", and a senior staff member was sacked for his behaviour in 2006.

More reports of misconduct have emerged since the original report in the Times.

The British Red Cross says it received a small number of harassment reports involving language or behaviour and that all the cases involved actions in the U.K. It said "even a small number of incidents is too many".

Although the charity has denied covering up the alleged scandal, Christian Aid said the claims are "deplorable".

The charity is under growing pressure after an investigation by The Times found young sex workers were hired by senior staff in Haiti after the 2010 natural disaster which devastated the island and left up to 300,000 people dead. The charity employs 5,000 staff and has a further 23,000 volunteers.

There had been other incidents since 2011, he said, but "nothing on the scale of this severity".

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring apologised on Saturday, saying he was deeply ashamed of Oxfam's behaviour.

Ms Mordaunt announced she would meet the charity on Monday to discuss the case, and said: 'If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation is not there then we cannot have you as a partner'.

The British government, meanwhile, has threatened to cut off funding to Oxfam, or any other aid organization that doesn't cooperate with the government's new effort to crack down on such abuses, according Mordaunt, who expects to meet with Oxfam officials on Monday.

Marr said: 'That was a lie, wasn't it?'

She added: "what is so disturbing about Oxfam is that when this was reported to them, they completely failed to do the right thing".

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