Government knew about sexual abuse scandal in the aid sector involving 300 people, former Aid Secretary Priti Patel says

The Government knew about a looming sexual abuse scandal within the aid sector involving 300 people, the former International Development Secretary has claimed as she accused charities of creating a “culture of denial”.

Amid fresh allegations over an alleged prostitution scandal embroiling Oxfam, Priti Patel claimed that instances of sexual abuse were “well documented”, adding that the disclosures were “just the tip of the iceberg”.

She said that although she had raised the issue with the Department for International Development while in office, there had been “no international leadership” on the issue.

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