Operating Presumption

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"My operating presumption is that this is either a problem or a potential problem in every single one of our missions." Those are the words of the UN's assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, Jane Holl Lute. The problem she is describing is the sexual exploitation of children by UN peacekeepers.

Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.

Girls have told of regular encounters with soldiers where sex is demanded in return for food or money.

A senior official with the organisation has accepted the claims are credible.

The UN has faced several scandals involving its troops in recent years, including a DR Congo paedophile ring and prostitute trafficking in Kosovo.

The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.

"We've had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping – problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations," Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.

We are lectured on a routine basis about how wonderful and necessary the UN is – usually by UN officials. One presumes these same cheerleaders would not welcome the UN peacekeepers into their home. Or allow them near their own children.

In Haiti, the BBC's Mike Williams spoke to a street girl as young as 11 who had reported sexual abuse by peacekeepers outside the gates of the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.

A 14-year-old described her abduction and rape inside a UN naval base in the country two years ago.

Despite detailed medical and circumstantial evidence, the allegation was dismissed by the UN for lack of evidence – and the alleged attacker returned to his home country.

In Liberia, meanwhile, a 15-year-old said she had been attacked by a UN officer on 15 November.

In May this year, another BBC investigation discovered systematic abuse in Liberia, involving food being given out to teenage refugees in return for sex.

So, tell me again why this organization is worth having around? This is the model for a world government in the eyes of the "internationalists". Some government.

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