Actress Minnie Driver quits her Oxfam role over charity sex allegations

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The British Government said Sunday it is warning all charities that receive United Kingdom aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011.

The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into Oxfam.

The investigation comes after the resignation of Oxfam Britain's deputy chief executive, who apologized amid reports that Oxfam staff paid for sex while working among people devastated by a 2010 quake.

Oxfam's corporate sponsors are reviewing their relationship with the company and the charity is also under investigation by the United Kingdom government's Charity Commission agency.

The allegations revolve around Oxfam's then head of mission in Haiti, Belgian national Roland van Hauwermeiren, whose behaviour had already led to complaints when he worked for the charity in Chad.

The charity's deputy chief Penny Lawrence resigned on Monday night over what she described as the charity's failure to adequately respond to the past allegations.

She wrote on Twitter last night: "All I can tell you about this terrible revelation about Oxfam is that I am devastated".

Save The Children said it had never employed van Hauwermeiren, who left his role with Merlin nine years before the two organisations merged.

She said it was not exclusively the actions perpetrated by Oxfam workers but the way the organisation responded.

British charity Oxfam on Wednesday said more than 1,200 people had discontinued their regular donations to the organisation while allegations of a sexual misconduct scandal surfaced.

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Oxfam, the British government-funded charity that has campaigned against corruption and sex abuse in India, has itself been rocked by allegations of corruption and sex abuse, according to media reports.

Oxfam said that with 10,000 NGOs working in Haiti alone in 2011, "it was unfortunately not possible for Oxfam to ensure that those found guilty of sexual misconduct were not re-employed in the sector".

Alasdair Allan has told NGOs that the Scottish Government expects the "highest moral and ethical standards" from organisations meant to offer help to communities "at their time of greatest need".

"The approach that we are taking is that we need to triple check that matters of the past have been appropriately dealt with", she said.

DFID gave Oxfam almost £32 million (€36 million) a year ago.

Policy director at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations John Downie told The Herald that the "appalling situation" surrounding Oxfam could lead to a fall in donations to global aid organisations and the wider charitable sector in Scotland.

In a statement, Oxfam Quebec said it was shocked and outraged by the Haiti allegations.

Founded in 1942, Oxfam is one of Britain's best-known charities.

"In no uncertain terms do I plan to continue my support of this organisation or its leaders".

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