Bring UN 'peacekeepers' child sexual abusers to justice

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An Associated Press investigation into the United Nations (UN) has revealed that over the past 12 years, there have been approximately 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other employees around the world. Over 300 of those cases involved children; however, almost no perpetrators have been arrested or held accountable for their crimes.

Children living in poverty in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, struggling with hunger on a daily basis, were given food by UN peacekeepers who in return demanded sex from children as young as 12. In regards to the child sex ring run by UN peacekeepers in Haiti, nine children were being passed around from 2004 to 2007.

“I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as “V01” (Victim No. 1). Vo1 was allegedly forced to have sex with approximately 50 peacekeepers over a period of three years, between the ages of 12 and 15. Many adult Haitian women have also come forward saying that they were raped by peacekeepers.

Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph has been trying to obtain justice for these women and children, some of whom were allegedly exposed to a deadly cholera strain from being sexually abused and some who were raped by peacekeepers and left pregnant.

“Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera,” Joseph explained in Port-au-Prince. “Human rights aren’t just for rich white people.”

Officials have known that Haitian children were being abused by UN peacekeepers, and no one has done anything about it. It’s not that none of these children are coming forward, it’s that no one has bothered to hold the perpetrators responsible for their actions, including the UN.

We ask you, the United Nations Secretary General, to bring all UN so-called 'peacekeepers' sexual abusers to justice, and to stamp out UN child sex trafficking and sex rings throughout the globe.