A cholera outbreak that killed thousands of Haitians was traced to United Nations peacekeeping troops sent in after the earthquake.
Oxfam posted hundreds of people in Haiti after the quake and reported that it had raised and spent more than $100 million for relief efforts there.
The charity did not respond on Friday when asked if it disputed any part of article by The Times of London. When asked the same question in a BBC interview, Barbara Stocking, who was the group’s chief executive in 2011, said, “I absolutely disagree that we were not transparent.”
“Of course we take that very seriously, which is why those people lost their jobs,” she said. “We didn’t hide this.”
Ms. Stocking said the organization had not notified the Haitian police of its findings. The country, one of the poorest in the world, was struggling to recover from the earthquake, and the organization’s lawyers advised that, given the circumstances, “the police would not deal with it at that time.”
The Times of London, citing people with knowledge of the case, reported that some of the sex workers might have been under 18, an accusation that Oxfam said had not been proven.
“As soon as we became aware of the allegations, we immediately launched an internal investigation,” the group said. “Our primary aim was always to root out and take action against those involved, and we publicly announced, including to media, both the investigation and the action we took as a result.”
But the public statement that Oxfam made in 2011 did not say whether the staff members involved had left voluntarily, where they ranked in the organization or even that they had done wrong. Making no mention of sex or prostitution, it described the misconduct as a breach of its code of conduct, bullying others within the group and “bringing Oxfam’s name into disrepute.”
The organization said on Friday that its 2011 investigation had “resulted in the creation of our dedicated Safeguarding…