MPs call for evidence on sexual exploitation amid fears 'serious problems' remain

MPs have called for evidence on what progress has been made to tackle sexual exploitation in the aid sector amid concerns “serious problems” remained in this area. 

The House of Commons International Development Committee last month began an inquiry examining progress made on rooting out sexual exploitation and the abuse of aid recipients since the 2018 scandal. 

It is now asking for evidence from people working in the international development sector in areas such as if their organisation has taken steps to make abuse less likely to occur and to ensure aid recipients know their rights. 

Sarah Champion, chair of the committee and the Labour MP for Rotherham, said the committee had heard there were still “serious problems” in this area and feared the abuse of aid recipients remained a problem.

“We launched this inquiry because in spite of promises of good intentions from the sector, it is not obvious that tangible new steps have been taken to protect aid recipients,” she said. 

“It is unclear whether there have been any improvements for those who try to pursue a complaint, or who have been left unprotected in the past. 

“This survey is asking the difficult questions to those with experience of the aid sector. We are asking for feedback on what the UK government, and the sector as a whole, has achieved to date to tackle this problem.”

The survey, which can be found here, closes at 5pm  on 14 September. 

People can respond anonymously. 

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