Port-Salut Demands Withdraw of MINUSTAH for Sexual Abuse and Prostitution of Minors
- Sunday, August 14, 2011 4:41 PM
PORT-SALUT, Haiti - In a press release, the Committee for the Research, Development and Organization of Port-Salut (CREDOP) denounced the sexual abuse of minors and prostitution of a United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) contingent stationed in the town of Port-Salut.
In the note, CREDOP called an alert to the public about the behavior of the MINUSTAH soldiers which they characterized as "contemptuous, insulting, disrespectful and dishonest to the citizens and environment of Port-Salut."
Contacted by the Haiti Press Network (HPN) , Ernso Valentin, a CREDOP official said the local contingent, consisting mostly of Uruguayan soldiers were guilty of various abuses.
"They are engaged," Valentin says, "in prostitution, they have, inside their base, sex with disadvantaged children, they take advantage of the situation of poverty. And the worst is that they take pictures of the naked children on their phones to show other soldiers."
Moreover in the CREDOP press release, they criticizes the contingent to have created a system of sewage disposal which emit an offensive odor in the area. Their criticism is also made to lay waste and garbage around the coast and the civil aviation Port salvation.
The soldiers of MINUSTAH in this area are also accused of antisocial practices, enjoying the smoking of marijuana in the presence of minors.
"Outrageous and disgusting," the inhabitants of Port-Salut have called on Haitian authorities to take steps to withdraw the contingent from the city.
CREDOP has announced protests and movements to make their voices heard. Young people, victims of these abuses have threatened to organize a movement of mass suicide if their demands are not taken into account.
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Source: Haiti Press Network