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Child sexual abuse of female minors by personnel in United Nations peacekeeping forces has seriously undermined the credibility of peacekeeping missions because personnel are consequently perceived as doing more harm than good.
Rapid increase in prostitution[edit | edit source]
1996 U.N. study[edit | edit source]
In the 1996 U.N. study The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, former first lady of Mozambique Graça Machel documented: "In 6 out of 12 country studies on sexual exploitation of children in situations of armed conflict prepared for the present report, the arrival of peacekeeping troops has been associated with a rapid rise in child prostitution." 
Eight years later, Gita Sahgal spoke out with regard to the fact that prostitution and sex abuse crops up wherever humanitarian intervention efforts are set up. She observed: "The issue with the UN is that peacekeeping operations unfortunately seem to be doing the same thing that other militaries do. Even the guardians have to be guarded."
Involvement in brothels[edit | edit source]
There was one highly publicised case where members of the UN peacekeeping force were accused of direct involvement in the procurement of sex slaves for a local brothel in Bosnia. The use of agents for procurement and management of brothels has allowed the military to believe itself shielded from the issue of sexual slavery and human trafficking. Some NATO troops have been linked to prostitution and forced prostitution in Bosnia and Kosovo, as have some UN employees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they were accused of the sexual abuse of underage girls.
Actions of a few[edit | edit source]
Proponents of peacekeeping argue that the actions of a few should not incriminate the many participants in the mission, yet NATO and the UN have come under criticism for not taking the issue of forced prostitution linked to peacekeeping missions seriously enough.
Troops in Haiti and Sudan[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Ian Traynor in Zagreb. Nato force 'feeds Kosovo sex trade' | World news. The Guardian. URL accessed on 2012-09-01.
- Document - Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro): "So does it mean that we have the rights?" Protecting the human rights of women and girls trafficked for forced prostitution in Kosovo | Amnesty International. Amnesty.org. URL accessed on 2012-09-01.
- The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children
- Sex charges haunt UN forces; In places like Congo and Kosovo, peacekeepers have been accused of abusing the people they're protecting," Christian Science Monitor, 26 November 2004, accessed 16 February 2010
- Price, Susannah Africa | DR Congo sex abuse claims upheld. BBC News. URL accessed on 2012-09-01.
- The U.N. Sex Scandal. The Weekly Standard. URL accessed on 2012-09-01.
- Nato force 'feeds Kosovo sex trade'
- Bosnia: Sex Slave Recounts Her Ordeal
- Fears over Haiti child 'abuse'
- UN Staff Accused of Raping Children in Sudan
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