Why doesn’t Paul Haggis speak out?

Paul Haggis often brags that his charitable work in Haiti began well before the 2010 earthquake, insisting that he has raised millions of dollars for the impoverished country. But there is something he is not speaking out about.

Troubling reports began surfacing about cover-ups surrounding investigations into the hiring of sex workers for orgies by staff working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, which killed thousands. Following the investigation, the charity allowed three men, including the country director, Roland van Hauwermeiren, to resign, and fired four other workers for sexual misconduct, according to an internal 2011 report.

But these reports were by no means isolated. Horrific accounts of rape and abuse at the hands of trusted charity workers have been given to international authorities as they investigate exploitation in the charity sector.

Some of the more shocking stories include a girl being harassed and offered sex for one dollar – before being raped by aid workers, or sold into outright sex trafficking for use among other ‘charitable volunteers’.

“Often it will be between eight and 10 men who will share two or three girls. They also use their mobile phones to film the girls,” one aid work recounted. Indeed, as Chief Executive for the one aid organization, Georgette Mulheir, admitted in a statement: “Many parents are deceived into giving up their children, purely so that unscrupulous individuals can abuse them. Well-intended donors give vast sums to orphanages to orphanages and schools. But 80 percent of children living there are not orphans,” she said.

How come Haggis didn’t speak out about such abuses? Can he honestly state he was not aware of what was happening in his chosen country of charity?

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