Child sex abuse by UN workers. (Insider Report).
Both UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UNICEF professed outrage at the alleged abuses. Annan's spokesperson reiterated his policy of "zero tolerance for any acts perpetrated by anyone employed by or affiliated with the United Nations." Unfortunately for Annan and UNICEF, allegations of pederasty by UN employees is a familiar scenario. Ia 1987 two Belgian UNICEF employees, Joseph Verbeek (the head of the Belgian UNICEF office) and Michel Felu were arrested and charged with operating a child prostitution ring and an international organization for disseminating child pornography. Yet the UNICEF scandal has been discreetly dropped in the memory hole, allowing UNICEF and the UN to pose as scandalized innocent parties. But the UN has always regarded children as wards of the state first and foremost, an attitude that permutes easily into a rationale for exploitation.
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|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 25, 2002|
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