Additional staff needed to stop sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping – UN report

With a United Nations General Assembly committee having approved a strategy to eliminate future sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is requesting funding to hire the extra employees necessary to ensure compliance with tightened regulations for conduct.

Complaints of sexual infractions at UN last year doubled from 2003

The number of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation made by and about United Nations personnel in 2004 was more than double the number reported in 2003, a development that is deeply distressing, even though contributing factors include clearer reporting procedures and new response measures, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report to the General Assembly.

UN project against sex traffic in South Asia hails ‘stunning success’ of first case

A United Nations initiative to fight sex trafficking in South Asia today hailed the first prosecution based on multilateral action as a “stunning success,” calling the 85-year prison sentence imposed by a Thai court on a Cambodian national for procuring under-aged women for prostitution “a groundbreaking decision.”