You think they waste our money this badly?

A former prostitute claimed last night that the Oxfam boss at the centre of the sex scandal regularly paid to sleep with her.

She said Roland van Hauwermeiren had sex with her twice a week for six months in Haiti – after the 2010 earthquake had destroyed her home and killed five members of her family.

The mother-of-one said the aid worker paid her between £70 and £140 each time, after initially meeting her on the street near his £1,500-a-month hilltop villa known as the Eagle’s Nest.

London prices in Haiti after the earthquake?

You think they spend our money that badly?

(Or, more likely, the Mail has the exchange rate wrong but still…..ah, no:’It went on for six months. I would go round twice a week and he would pay me 100 to 200 US dollars a time.)

44 thoughts on “You think they waste our money this badly?”

  1. You think they waste our money this badly?

    Why not? When you are spending other people’s money it has no specific or intrinsic value: $100? $1,000? – same thing.

  2. Interesting. That appears to contradict what was released by the chap in question yesterday, at least based on the way the Beeb reported it. You can’t really trust the Beeb to do good journalism, can you?

  3. How can you disparage this bloke when he single-handily elevated a poor woman to the Haitian middle-class? For a while anyway.

    Isn’t that helping?

  4. Separately, the former Oxfam director accused of hiring prostitutes while working in Haiti and Chad, Roland van Hauwermeiren, has denied paying for sex but admitted some “mistakes”.

    He said he had “intimate relations” with a woman in earthquake-stricken Haiti who was “not a prostitute”.

  5. Mr Ecks said:
    “How can you disparage this bloke when he single-handily elevated a poor woman to the Haitian middle-class?”

    I’m not sure it was his hand that was the relevant bit.

  6. “He said he had ‘intimate relations’ with a woman in earthquake-stricken Haiti who was ‘not a prostitute’.”

    Ah, don’t they say the amateurs are the most expensive? That might be why he over-paid.

  7. This is Wrong-Lewis’s mind-boggling take on this:

    Although the original allegations in the Times looked weak, it turns out (from an interview with ex-employee Helen Evans by Channel4 News) that the leadership at Oxfam had not been giving the issue of exploitation by a tiny minority of its aid workers the attention it deserved. The deputy chief executive has resigned.

    The original allegations concerned actions by some aid worker in Haiti some years ago. Oxfam took action at the time, and the charity has put in place various safeguards since. But nevertheless, it is important the media holds charities to account to ensure they do all they can to avoid this happening again.

    But threatening to cut off all government funding is the last thing you should do. The message that sends to other charities is to hide any similar problems they come across in their own work, or worse still stop looking

  8. It would be quite interesting to learn what exactly Oxfam accomplished there apart from fornication. Did they have any time to repair houses, roads, water supplies?

  9. “But threatening to cut off all government funding is the last thing you should do. ”


    Don’t threaten it–do it double quick.

  10. It is fascinating to observe the detachment of some lefty commentators. They love to claim tu quoque when their gigantic hypocrisies are pointed out but use it all the time themselves. Obviously the socialist project needs all the damage-limitation it can find. Here is Dillow

    In the crisis at Oxfam, I fear some general points are being under-appreciated.

    One is that motives are sometimes over-rated. It is the case that some of Oxfam’s critics are animated by a hostility to its campaign against inequality and by an antipathy to foreign aid. And it’s also true that, as Simon says, they are more censorious of Oxfam’s failings than of the underfunding of the NHS which is perhaps even more damaging.

    I suppose it’s better than running an advertising campaign with a slogan such as “Work for Oxfam. Shag a disaster victim at public expense”

  11. @Diogenes – indeed it would be good if someone (not the BBC) could explain what good has been done on Haiti after the influx of thousands of NGOs and the spending of billions of dollars.

    All the photos that I have seen look like they were taken just after the disaster. Has anything changed at all since then?

  12. Yes, Ecks. At some price point, prostitution should not be considered abusive/whatever.

    ‘between £70 and£140 each time’ in Haiti would seem to qualify.

    At which point one must question Oxfam’s objections.

  13. Jack H, I guess you need to check the cars that the Haiti governing classes drive and their holdings of overseas property

  14. So Much For Subtlety

    Jack Hughes – “Where has all the money gone?”

    The Clintons ended up with a good slice of it.

    So it seems it wasn’t just the good hotels and fine restaurants that experiences massive inflation putting them beyond the reach of locals. I hope this is included in a textbook some day of the problems of a flood of money into a small local economy.

    Still maybe we misjudge this man. Maybe she charged so much for something ….. you know …. special. Quite what it is I am not sure but then I have led a very sheltered life.

  15. “At which point one must question Oxfam’s objections.”

    I don’t think Oxfam did object, initially at least. That was kind of the problem.

  16. Southerner said:
    “He paid up to two hundred bucks a time? She saw him coming all right.”

    Not necessarily; she might have kept her eyes closed.

  17. Smfs strange that you say that. About 20 years ago I got into conversation with an elderly American in Vienna who began to regail me with stories of his sex tourist part. Apparently, in Cuba, you can bribe a mortuary assistant to let you have sex with a corpse. I imagine that such thrills were easier to achieve in Haiti after the earthquake

  18. Stipend varying by a factor of two? Decided after-the-fact based on performance? Or, if decided before the contract, based on what?

  19. @Diogenes: to be fair to Chris Dillow you should also quote the next few paragraphs too:

    “But facts are facts, whoever utters them. We cannot avoid nasty truths simply because we don’t like who says them.

    Sometimes bad people do good things, such as alert us to the facts.

    And of course, the converse is also true. As Oxfam has shown, good people can do bad things. There are at least two mechanisms at work here.”

  20. Mr Ecks said: “Don’t threaten it–do it double quick.”

    I had hoped the government eventually showing a bit of spine with Kids Company would have been the first of many. Sadly not.

  21. It’s nice to see Oxfam moving on to “to trade not aid”, oops I meant “rough trade, hopefully not aids”.

  22. Hang on – Haiti.

    Isn’t that the one where the American military got the right hump with the apparent effectiveness of the aid agencies?

  23. There’s a web-forum guys who use prossies share information, covers the whole world. It’s also a good go-to for info on other aspects of forin’ parts. Areas of cities are to be avoided. Taxi scams. Economic accommodation & how to find it. Sort of thing you’re really only going to find out from someone who’s been there & done it. I was keeping an eye on it, in the period after the earthquake, because I know several people from the DR, shares the island.
    By all accounts the prices are ball park. Reports were, when the aid boys hit PauP you couldn’t find a hotel room, table at a decent restaurant & hooker prices quadrupled. The circus was in town.

  24. Tim, how many brothels or nightclubs were still standing after the earthquake might be a useful question to ask. Not that anyone will ask him. Nor will they ask him what his people were doing when not fornicating with locals

  25. Jim it is also interesting that Dillow is now trying to rewrite the history of the Labour Party

    Oliver Kamm has been doing that too, when he’s not white-knighting for prominent female media personalities on Twitter. He seems to think Corbyn’s values are wildly different from those of New Labour; frankly, I find it to be a matter of degree rather than form.

  26. Tim, how many brothels or nightclubs were still standing after the earthquake might be a useful question to ask.

    Brothels rarely exist outside of Amsterdam and European “massage parlours”, from what I can tell. Most places I’ve been have simply had certain bars full of hookers and the client is expected to provide the venue for what follows, either by taking her back to his own hotel or renting another room for a couple of hours.

  27. So in summary there were bars, restaurants, brothels and nightclubs left standing after this cataclysmic earthquake, yes it was a biggun, plus a hilltop mansion reminiscent of Berchtesgarten, and the Oxfam crew made out like roving bandits.

    Foreign Aid…. Good cause

  28. I would expect 100/200 was the short time/long time rate.

    Re “London prices.” Working girls in poor countries are quite good at working out what you would pay at home and using that as a starting price. He just paid the asking without negotiating.

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