Oxfam boss 'deeply ashamed' of charity's behaviour

No10 door in Downing Street an Oxfam shop's sign

But the charity regulator said Oxfam's report stated there had been no allegations of abuse of beneficiaries and did not mention potential sexual crimes involving minors.

Ms Mordaunt said the charity had also "categorically" stated to the Department for International Development (DfID) that no harm was done and beneficiaries were not involved.

She said the reports were "a complete betrayal of the people Oxfam were there to help and also the people that sent them there to do that job".

In addition to the country director, six other workers left the charity after its internal investigation: Two resigned and four were fired for offenses such as "use of prostitutes on Oxfam property" and possession of pornography, the Times reported.

"They did tell the Charity Commission there was sexually inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment of employees, but they did not report that to us".

The Charity Commission said it had written to Oxfam as a matter of urgency to request further information and establish greater clarity.

Oxfam will examine new complaints from staff members about how the aid workers involved in 2010 were recruited and vetted.

In an emailed statement to dpa on Sunday, Oxfam said it would "strive to clarify as soon as possible whether the [Chad] allegations were known to us and what measures were taken".

Oxfam said it could not corroborate the latest claims but it said it was "shocked and dismayed" at what it called the unacceptable behaviour by a small number of people.

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The Chad mission was led by Roland van Hauwermeiren, who resigned in 2011 after he admitted prostitutes had visited his villa in Haiti during the humanitarian mission to the country after the 2010 quake.

"With hindsight, I would much prefer that we had talked about (the) sexual misconduct", Goldring told BBC radio.

Former Oxfam staff in Chad told the paper that "women believed to be prostitutes were repeatedly invited to the Oxfam team house there", and a senior staff member was sacked for his behaviour in 2006. "If the moral leadership at the top of the organisation isn't there, we can not have you as a partner", she said.

Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring admitted Saturday that it had failed to detail fully the nature of the 2011 scandal but insisted it "did anything but cover it up".

Ms Mordaunt said it did not matter how good the safeguarding practices were in an organisation if they did not "have the moral leadership to do the right thing".

The British government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam amid a deepening sexual misconduct scandal involving some of the charity's employees working in Haiti after its devastating 2010 natural disaster.

He added: 'Everybody - the 25,000 staff and volunteers - are compromised by this, the hundreds of thousands of people who support Oxfam every month are compromised by this, and to everybody I apologise.

Marr said: 'That was a lie, wasn't it?'

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