Feb 27 2018

Sex-for-aid rife in Syria - reports

Men delivering aid on behalf of international organisations in Syria are exploiting the desperation of women by trading essential resources for sexual favours, according to reports by the BBC and U.N. Population Fund.

“Despite warnings about the abuse three years ago, a new report shows it is continuing in the south of the country,” the BBC said.

“Aid workers told the BBC that the exploitation is so widespread that some Syrian women are refusing to go to distribution centres because people would assume they had offered their bodies for the aid they brought home.”

A U.N. report cited by the BBC, meanwhile, included multiple examples of sex being expected in return for aid, emphasising that women without male “protectors” were particularly vulnerable.