UN troops face child abuse claims

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  1. Rufus_1611

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6195830.stm

    Children have been subjected to rape and prostitution by United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and Liberia, a BBC investigation has found.
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    The assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping operations acknowledges that sexual abuse is widespread.

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    "We've had a problem probably since the inception of peacekeeping - problems of this kind of exploitation of vulnerable populations," Jane Holl Lute told the BBC.

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    Under UN regulations, military personnel cannot be prosecuted in the country where they are serving, and it is up to the courts in their home countries to prosecute crimes committed. ​
     
  2. hillclimber1

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    It's OK these are UN troops. They are allowed a leeway on behavior. It's only American troops that cannot offend people.
     
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    Who says it's okay?
     
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    I guess I'm not the only one who has noticed that if it were American troops involved, it would be international headlines through every major paper, TV, and Internet site on the globe. Because it's the UN, it is given little, if any, notice. Also, this is really not NEW news, since it has been going on for some time in a number of places.
     

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