As if folks needed another reason to support President Trump’s proposal to strip the United Nations of funding, a bombshell report has provided many more.
As reported at Townhall, the Associated Press has been busy investigating claims of UN Peacekeepers sexually abusing the people they’ve been sent to help for years.
This report stretched back 12 years and it found over 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation against both peacekeepers and UN personnel.
“I did not even have breasts,” said a girl, known as V01–Victim No. 1.
She told UN investigators that from ages 12 to 15, she had sex with nearly 50 peacekeepers, including a “Commandant” who gave her 75 cents.
She would be kept around the base, sleeping in UN trucks or in dilapidated buildings on the edge of the jungle near the people abusing her.
More than 300 of these allegations involved children, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators have served jail time.
The AP interviewed alleged victims, current and former U.N. officials, and investigators.
This in-depth report sought answers from 23 countries on the actual number of allegations against UN personnel, and if anything was done about them.
With only a few exceptions, most nations did not respond to repeated requests.
Even if they did, the names of those found guilty are kept confidential, which makes it nearly impossible to determine if the supposed punishment was carried out or appropriate.
One nation where a disgusting number of crimes occurred was Haiti.
At least 134 Sri Lankan peacekeepers exploited nine children in a sex ring from 2004 to 2007. In the report’s aftermath, 114 peacekeepers were sent home. None were ever imprisoned.
In March, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced new measures to tackle sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers and other personnel. But it’s hard to take such an initiative seriously when almost the exact same promise was made over a decade ago.
But it’s hard to take such an initiative seriously when almost the exact same promise was made over a decade ago.
US Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has been one of the voices in Congress calling for the UN to swiftly carry out these much-needed reforms.
He’s also backed Trump’s proposals to cut UN funding and foreign aid.
“If I heard that a U.N. peacekeeping mission was coming near my home in Chattanooga,” Corker told AP, “I’d be on the first plane out of here to go back and protect my family.”
The UN no longer serves any worthwhile purpose.
It’s only a massive drain on US taxpayers, as the US gets little in return for its funding or membership to the ineffectual organization.
This report only highlights the corruption and inability of the UN to carry out any mission it undertakes.
It will be a glorious day when Trump decides to pull the plug on the failed experiment that is the UN.