Sex-for-Food Scandal Unfolding in Burkina Faso - Report

A report by The New Humanitarian has found that eight internally displaced persons (IDPs) were coerced into sex with community leaders, who also demand money in exchange for food aid in the Centre North region. IDPs are also saying that they do not receive food aid from the state or non-profits. 

One woman said she has been forced to take desperate measures after living in shelters for six months without much to eat - unless she had sex with people distributing food.

An official from a town with a large IDP population, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the size of the sex-for-food scandal is likely much bigger than has been reported so far.


World Food Programme (WFP) food distribution in Kaya, Burkina Faso (file photo).

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