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UN peacekeepers food for sex claim

2011-09-01 22:38

Abidjan - A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals that United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food.

The United States Embassy cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behaviour of peacekeepers from Benin stationed in the western town of Toulepleu.

The cable says that a random poll of under age girls in Toulepleu in 2009 found that eight out of 10 had sexual relationships with Beninese soldiers in exchange for food or lodging.

When asked about the cable this week, United Nations spokesperson Michel Bonnardeaux confirmed that in April, 16 Beninese peacekeepers were repatriated to Benin and are barred from serving in the UN following a yearlong investigation.

Comments
  • DerpyHooves - 2011-09-02 06:15

    TIL that Benin is a tiny African country, situated right next to Nigeria.

  • Grayman - 2011-09-02 06:39

    A case of "Benin there, done THAT"

      OZNOB - 2011-09-02 07:34

      MORE LIKE BENIN THERE WRECKED THAT

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-02 07:33

    those peace keepers should be charged with statutory rape and be shot. they probably thought they were above the law and could exploit those who were vulnerable for their own personal gratification. the un should have made an example of them

  • Johan van Zyl - 2011-09-02 07:40

    My first french teacher was from Benin. Sad, really sad.

  • Deadr4t - 2011-09-02 07:53

    Now thats good eats!

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