U.N. Peacekeepers Lured Children Into Haiti Sex Ring

U.N. Peacekeepers Lured Children Into Haiti Sex Ring

Sri Lankan soldier in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Apr 14 2017  (AP) — The Haitian girl known Victim No. 1 was 12 when she first had sex with a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. She says she didn’t even have breasts yet.

The boy, known as Victim No. 9, was 15 when his ordeal began. Over the course of three years, he said he had sex with more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, averaging about four a day.

From 2004 to 2007, nine Haitian children were exploited by a child sex ring involving at least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers, according to a U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press.  

Often the children were given cookies or a few dollars in exchange for sex. Although 114 of the peacekeepers were sent home, none was ever jailed for the abuse.

Justice for victims is rare. An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found an estimated 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and U.N. 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 were jailed.

In March, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle peacekeeper misconduct. But the proclamation had a depressingly familiar ring: More than a decade ago, the United Nations commissioned a report that promised to do much the same thing, yet most of the reforms never materialized.

For a full two years after those promises were made, the children in Haiti were passed around from soldier to soldier. And in the years since, peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse the world over.

In response to the AP’s investigation, the head of the U.N. office that oversees the conduct of peacekeepers said Wednesday that progress was being made with member states to hold perpetrators accountable and to get victims help.

“Every single allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. personnel, be it uniformed or civilian, is appalling,” Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare said. “Everyone, especially us, are aware of the shortcomings in the system. We believe we are advancing in the right direction, especially with the secretary-general’s new approach.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been calling for reforms in the United Nations for more than a year. He may well get them under President Donald Trump, whose administration has proposed a 31 percent reduction to the U.S. foreign aid and diplomacy budget.

“If I heard that a U.N. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga,” he told AP, “I’d be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.”

The Haitian children had made a home for themselves at Habitation Leclerc, a resort once well-known throughout Port-au-Prince as a lush refuge amid the capital’s grimy alleyways. During its heyday in the 1980s, celebrities like Mick Jagger and Jackie Onassis would perch by the pool or stroll past the property’s Voodoo temple.

By 2004, the resort was a decrepit clutch of buildings and several children, either orphaned or abandoned by their parents, were living in its ruins.

It was there that the girl identified as Victim No. 1, or V01, met other children in the same straits: two young girls referred to in the U.N. report as “V02” and “V03,” and a young boy, “V08.” The boy initially supported them by occasionally bringing food from his aunt, but they were often hungry.

The peacekeepers had arrived that year as part of a new mission to help stabilize the country in the wake of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s ouster. Some of the peacekeepers in the Sri Lankan contingent were based nearby.

In August 2007, the U.N. received complaints of “suspicious interactions” between Sri Lankan soldiers and Haitian children.

V02, who was 16 when the U.N. team interviewed her, told them she had sex with a Sri Lankan commander at least three times, describing him as overweight with a mustache and a gold ring. She said he often showed her a picture of his wife.

V03 identified 11 Sri Lankan troops through photographs, one of whom she said was a corporal with a “distinctive” bullet scar between his armpit and waist. V04, who was 14, said she had sex with the soldiers every day in exchange for money, cookies or juice.

The boy, V08, said he had sex with more than 20 Sri Lankans. Most would remove their name tags before taking him to trucks, where he gave them oral sex or was sodomized by them.

Under Haitian law, having sex with someone under 18 is considered statutory rape. U.N. codes of conduct also prohibit exploitation.

“The sexual acts described by the nine victims are simply too many to be presented exhaustively in this report, especially since each claimed multiple sexual partners at various locations where the Sri Lankan contingents were deployed throughout Haiti over several years,” the report said.

At the close of the UN investigation, 114 Sri Lankan peacekeepers were sent home.

Ten years later, U.N. officials said they were unable to find any members of the mission in Haiti who might have dealt with child victims in the sex ring case and did not know what happened to the children. An Italian non-governmental organization, AVSI, helped the children at the time but lost track of them after the country’s devastating 2010 earthquake.

Some Haitians, including lawyer Mario Joseph, wonder whether the U.N. has done more harm than good in a country that has endured tragedy after tragedy since it became the first black republic in 1804.

“Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children,” Joseph said in Port-au-Prince. “Human rights aren’t just for rich white people.” (AP)

Also read:

Ten Reasons Why the U.N. Occupation of Haiti Must End

By  – Global Research, April 16, 2017

The worst crime of the United Nations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, extended on April 13, 2017 and renamed MINUJUSTH) has been to kill over 10,000 Haitians with cholera. These deaths resulted from two epidemics of cholera. After the first epidemic in 2010, the UN covered up the fact that several Nepalese soldiers on one or more of its bases near the city of Mirebalais had become violently ill with cholera, and then the bases dumped the troops’ raw sewage into the Artibonite River. The second epidemic was introduced by an all-female group of so-called peacekeeping police from Bangladesh. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has apologized for the first epidemic, but the UN has so far not acknowledged contaminating Haiti twice with cholera.

The UN mission was brought into Haiti in June 2004 to serve as an occupation army after a foreign-sanctioned coup d’état; in keeping with this role, rapes, sex traffic, massacres, and murders have been its mainstays. There are countless reasons to rid Haiti of this degraded, degrading, and unwanted occupation force. The following are, to my mind, the top 10…..  (Read more)

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  • Mango chutney  On April 19, 2017 at 1:27 am

    So bloody disgusting. Shri Lankans are paedophile . What on earth is this world coming too? Men raping children . This shows you that you can’t trust no one in this world.

    • Micky  On April 19, 2017 at 1:32 am

      These men need to be castrated and have their Dick cut off. They are supposed to be protecting people not enjoying thenselves by raping and having sex with boys and girls. Look like shri Lankans soldier’s are gay as well

  • Mango chutney  On April 19, 2017 at 1:56 am

    There is plenty child abuse in guyana. They don’t tell children to be careful of strangers because it happens in the family home
    Guyana full of paedophile if guyana soldier had gone to port au prince they would do the Same thing. This would not happen if British or American soldier were protecting the Haitian chidren

    • Eugene Ross  On April 19, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Or Canadian . Haiti should be part of Canada the country has done so much and gave so much . If it was already part of Canada everyone would be education ,jobs, and a real life.

      • Micky  On April 19, 2017 at 7:51 am

        I want to know what shri Lankans are doing in Haiti having a whale of time having sex with children . Why do people find children attractive? It is because they are sick. The nasty shri Lankans can’t do it in their back yard so they join the army to have sex with animal and children. Dirty pigs

      • Mango chutney  On April 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Ravaan came from shri Lanka so that says it all . The peace keeper are running sex ring for inidian paedo who join army to have sex with helpless kids and animals . What is the world coming to. What man don’t see god see!

      • Micky  On April 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

        I guess these people were groomed by male family members at a young age whilst the mother watched or joined in. So very very sad.

  • Albert  On April 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    “Guyana full of paedophile if guyana soldier had gone to port au prince they would do the Same thing. This would not happen if British or American soldier were protecting the Haitian chidren”

    This is an unfair statement to make. Do you know the extent to which female solders in the US military are raped by their male counterpart. If you know more about the British you would not have much regard for them either.

    • Micky  On April 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      This is about human rights and the cover up of a sex ring where no one was arrested the top commander was giving out 75 cents for sex ..nasty nasty nasty

      • Albert  On April 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        What evidence do you have to show that Guyanese soldiers would have done the same thing. I think we are more civilize than that.

      • Mango chutney  On April 20, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        The whole world is full of paedo and people who exploit vulnerable helpless starving children. Children can’t speak up for themselves that is why the peace makers or whatever from places like Pakistan are going to these countries to benefit themselves. Paying starving kids 75 cents to have sex. Guyana is a country that abuses children. Amerindian , mentally ill and old people. Civilised? Don’t make me laugh

  • Gigi  On April 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    This is about CHILD SEX ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION! For ignorant racists to jump on the race identity of the perpetrators and not the acts shows their depraved acceptance of these acts so long as the perpetrators are of their own race or their beloved white male savior given that some here have made the ridiculous claims that white peace keepers do not carry out these acts.

    But what else can one expect from racist simple minded people when reading an article that is steeped in dog whistle race baiting since it has conveniently choose to leave out the many instances of child abuse atrocities committed by whites in Haiti.

    In the spirit of objectivity, see below for a minuscule sampling of sexual abuse and worst carried out by blacks and whites “aid workers and peace keepers” in Haiti and beyond.

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    UN and French peacekeepers accused of grim abuses in restive African nation, including bestiality with children. Al Jazeera

    U.N. Peacekeeping Hit by New Allegations of ‘Sickening’ Sex Abuse. The allegations date from 2013; implicate troops from France, Gabon and Burundi. New York Times

    Newsweek – The Dark Side of U.N. Peacekeepers.[…] This report, along with the recent leaked allegations against French troops in the Central African Republic and another round of allegations of abuses committed by African Union peacekeeping contingents from Chad and Equatorial Guinea, suggests that little has been done to curb sexual abuse in such operations a quarter of a century after it was first reported.

    THE CANADIAN PRESS:QUEBEC– Canadian aid workers charged with sexually abusing children in a Haitian orphanage.

    Yahoo News – UN report: peacekeepers from 21 nations accused of sexual abuse: […]First on the “name and shame” list was the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose troops faced seven allegations, followed by Morocco and South Africa, each hit with four accusations.Most of the allegations involved troops from African countries: Cameroon, Congo, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Gabon, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.Police from Rwanda, Ghana, Madagascar and Senegal also faced claims.Peacekeeping police from Canada and Germany as well as soldiers from Moldova and Slovakia were also accused of sexual abuse or exploitation while serving as UN peacekeepers.

    US Missionary [Daniel Pye[ in Haiti Accused of Child Sexual Abuse. US News

    An American [Douglas Perlitz] who founded a home for needy children in Haiti more than 10 years ago has been accused of sexually abusing some of the same boys he set out to help, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. CNN

    German guilty of pedophilia: On Monday, a German court found a 58-year-old man guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing minors while serving as an aid-worker in Haiti. German news agency DPA reported that Landshut state court sentenced the man, whose name was not released, to 4.5 years in prison. Police last year detained the head of a small Berlin-based aid organisation as he attempted to smuggle one of his victims, a then 11-year-old boy from Haiti, into Germany.

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