UN’s top priority in a crisis?

Tragically, it’s not rushing hundreds of thousands of condoms into a disaster area to survivors struggling “to maintain their family planning.” This is far more disturbing. Per the Associated Press:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “deep concern” Tuesday after a leading children’s charity said it uncovered evidence of widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands of U.N. peacekeepers and international aid workers.

The report by Save the Children UK, based on field research in southern Sudan, Ivory Coast and Haiti, describes a litany of sexual crimes against children as young as 6.

It said some children were denied food aid unless they granted sexual favors; others were forced to have sex or to take part in child pornography; many more were subjected to improper touching or kissing.

The news article does not specify whether Ban Ki-moon was concerned that UN workers were allegedly extorting sex acts from starving children for food or that they had been caught doing so.

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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