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UN Forces Accused of Sex Abuse in DRC

Two UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been accused of sexual exploitation and abuse.  The two military personnel, who were found in the company of Congolese sex workers in a hotel, will be investigated by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).  This incident is one of many scandals involving sexual exploitation and weapons and mineral trafficking by UN peacekeepers in the DRC.


July 15, 2010

Two UN peacekeepers have been accused of sexual exploitation in the African nation of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) will investigate the charges against the two military personnel, AFP quoted UN spokesman Farhan Haq as saying on Wednesday.

The spokesperson further added that more details on the case would be provided once the OIOS probe is completed.

However, a UN source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the allegations involved a Tunisian and an Indian.

The 20,000-strong UN force has been embroiled in a series of scandals involving sexual abuse as well as gold and gun trafficking since it was first deployed in the central African country in late 1999.

In 2005, the world body set a "zero tolerance" policy for its troops having sex with Congolese.



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