The Former Charge d’Affaires for Haiti in London (Permanent Head Of Mission for Haiti to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland 2014-2015), Jean R. Pillard decried the sexual exploitation of underaged Haitian girls by humanitarian aid workers.
Mr. Pillard says:
“As a Haitian, I am deeply saddened and distraught by another instance of abuse of power by representatives of well-respected global organizations who are entrusted to care for the less fortunate living in truly difficult conditions in Haiti”.
“Particular individuals chose to use their position to hurt and exploit vulnerable Haitians – not necessarily prostitutes – at the worst possible time following the loss of more than 250,000 lives in the wake of the 2010 earthquake”.
“It is unsettling that this new revelation was perpetrated by representatives from such an upstanding, altruistic, charitable body with a noble mission “to hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters” ”.
“This story is even more hurtful as Haiti recently commemorated the 8th year since that disaster of epic proportion shattered the lives of so many in a country that has known some of the worst natural tragedies in recent memory”.
“These are objectionable and shameful acts that should be condemned in the strongest possible terms”.
“I am encouraged by the determination of the UK to push for more transparency, and by the solidarity that many have expressed with Haiti since this news was shared with the world, and I hope that the support will continue”.
“Sexual exploitation and violence against women and children is a cancer that must be eradicated in our society”.
“Going forward, I hope global organizations will be more rigorous in their vetting process and stricter in the monitoring of their emissaries”.