British army turning a blind eye to prostitution

The army should stop “turning a blind eye” to troops using prostitutes and should be asking itself questions about soldiers’ lack of respect for women, the defence secretary has said.

Ben Wallace said the Oxfam scandal — in which it emerged that aid workers had been paying for sex with impoverished women in Haiti following the catastrophic earthquake in 2010 — should have been a “red flag” to the armed forces about soldiers’ own use of prostitutes in “countries of poverty” such as Kenya.

The Ministry of Defence says that it cannot launch its own investigation as the Kenyan authorities are now reinvestigating, and that a formal mutual legal assistance request, which would allow British authorities to collect evidence, has not been received.