Throughout the years, numerous allegations have been made against UN peacekeepers for the sexual abuse of children during their peacekeeping missions. In a recent expose, the Associated Press uncovered thousands of such allegations and realized that no arrests had been made.
One girl, known as Victim No. 1 told U.N investigators that between the years of 12-15 she had engaged in sexual acts with 50 peacekeepers. When recounting the details, she explained that one man, whom she referred to as “Commandment” gave her 75 cents for the act.
Unfortunately, there are around 2,000 victims of such abuse, while over 300 of those included sexual acts with children. Due to the impoverished state of areas such as Haiti, they become a common hunting ground for sexual predators belonging to various “peacekeeping” organizations.
In Sri Lanka, peacekeepers established a sex trafficking ring back in 2004. Until 2007, there were around 134 people of Asian descent that traded food or money in exchange for sex with children as young as 12.
Unfortunately, because the United Nations claims no jurisdiction over their peacekeepers, justice is rarely ever sought. After speaking with a number of victims and former U.N officials, the AP discovered that it was only on the rare occasion that the predators paid for their crimes.
And while the U.N Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently announced plans to thwart such abuse, similar promises have been made in the past, yet nothing was ever done. It is because of that negligence that children have continued to be horrifically abused and passed around by soldiers and peacekeepers in the most impoverished nations of the world.
The U.N responded to the AP report by saying,
.”We believe we are advancing in the right direction, especially with the secretary-general’s new approach,” said Atul Khare who heads the U.N. department in charge of peacekeeper discipline and conduct. “Improving the assistance provided to victims, who are at the heart of our response, is fundamental.”
A Haitian lawyer named Mario Joseph has been working for years to bring justice to the thousands of victims living in Haiti. “Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera,” Joseph said in Port-au-Prince. “Human rights aren’t just for rich white people.”
What is most disturbing about this case, is the fact that peacekeepers are intended to bring about a sense of security for the citizens of a region, not to perpetuate evil crimes against humanity. It is a sad day for the world when you have to fear people who are referred to as peacekeepers. Furthermore, it is a perfect example of how twisted and backward the elite men and women of the world truly are.