Human Rights Watch: Sexual misconduct by U.N. peacekeepers December 27, 2006Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, racism and discrimination, Rape, UN, United Nations.
Children raped. Girls forced to trade sex for food. Women assaulted at gunpoint. Is this the behavior one would expect from the United Nations peacekeeping missions?
Since the 1990s, the U.N. peacekeeping missions have been plagued with sexual misconduct scandals. According to The Washington Post, it first started in Cambodia with U.N. peacekeepers sexually abusing young girls. At that time, the U.N. dismissed the claims with a careless attitude–as if it were inevitable to occur. Meanwhile, the abuses continued and a culture of silence developed.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 30 percent of the people who visited brothels were U.N. or NATO staff. In fact, the U.N. police operated brothels there and trafficked people.(1)
In Liberia, U.N. peacekeepers had sex with young girls, some as young as 12 years old. A trade would consist of giving the girl $10 or some food. Many of the staff visited the brothels in their U.N. vehicles.
In the Congo, the alleged cases of sexual exploitation include child porn rings, sex shows and rape of babies.