A major international charity covered up its employees’ sex parties including a “full-on Caligula orgy” with Haitian prostitutes who had just survived the island’s devastating earthquake.


Workers including Roland van Hauwermeiren, the country director in Haiti for Britain-based Oxfam until 2011, were allowed to resign without any discipline after their sex parties were discovered, the Times of London reported Friday.

Roland van Hauwermeiren was country director for Oxfam in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Roland van Hauwermeiren was country director for Oxfam in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

(VRT News)


The native Belgian admitted to hiring prostitutes and having the parties at the villa he rented with Oxfam money, and the Times reported that some of them may have been underage.


One source told the newspaper that there was footage of a “full-on Caligula orgy” with women wearing Oxfam t-shirts.

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Oxfam said it launched an investigation as soon as it learned of the claims. The organization said allegations that some prostitutes were underage were not substantiated and it did not tell Haitian authorities because “it was extremely unlikely that any action would be taken.”


International efforts to help ease the pain of the January 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti, which the local government says more than 300,000 people and left more than a million homeless, have been criticized for failing to bring help efficiently.

A woman washes clothes outside her provisional house in Port-au-Prince in January 2011.

A woman washes clothes outside her provisional house in Port-au-Prince in January 2011.

(Kena Betancur/REUTERS)


The American Red Cross collected close to $500 million for relief after the quake but faced scrutiny in 2015 after reports that it built only six permanent homes.


The organization, which was also criticized for a lack of transparency on how money was spent, said that the reports lacked context, and noted it spent large amounts of money on setting up emergency shelters such as tents because it “ultimately helped more people.”

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