A Haitian woman claims the sacked Oxfam official at the centre of a sex abuse scandal started a sexual relationship with her when she was just 17 – below the country’s age of consent.
Mikelange Gabo alleges Roland Van Hauwermeiren was in an Oxfam vehicle when he spotted her in the street while she was eight months pregnant and told her: ‘I find you very sexy, how can I help you?’
Van Hauwermeiren, 68, oversaw the charity’s reaction to the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country.
Mikelange Gabo claims sacked Oxfam boss Roland Van Hauwermeiren started a sexual relationship with her when she was just 17
Ms Gabo, now 24, said the disgraced former Oxfam chief spotted her when she was eight months pregnant. She is pregnant again
Scandal-hit Van Hauwermeiren is alleged to have spotted her in the street while she was eight months pregnant and told her: ‘I find you very sexy, how can I help you?’
It is claimed he took Ms Gabo’s phone number and sent her gifts after she gave birth in 2011.
Ms Gabo, who worked selling suits, told ITV News their sexual relationship began while she was still 17. Haiti’s age of consent is 18.
And she said the scandal-hit Belgian lost interest in her because ‘he was with too many girls’.
She added that he ‘loves orgies’ and ‘loves lesbians’.
Van Hauwermeiren admits ‘mistakes’ but denies accusations he used prostitutes at his villa in Haiti.
The latest bombshell revelations will add more fuel to the sex scandal engulfing the embattled charity.
This is the luxury mansion Van Hauwermeiren is said to have lived in while regional boss of Oxfam in Haiti
Ms Gabo, now 24 and pregnant again, was speaking from Haiti when she revealed she was the local woman involved in a relationship with Van Hauwermeiren.
She says she knew him as ‘the big director of Oxfam’ and that they met in 2011 in Morne Calvaire, the neighbourhood where they both lived.
She claims Van Hauwermeiren asked her where she lived before telling her: ‘I find you very sexy, how can I help you?’
It was earlier announced Oxfam would withdraw from bidding for funding from the Department for International Development until the Government is satisfied it can meet the ‘high standards’ expected.
But one of the charity’s senior officials has claimed the sex scandal engulfing the organisation is ‘out of proportion to the level of culpability’.
Mark Goldring, the chief executive of Oxfam GB, claimed critics were ‘gunning’ for his organisation and suggested no-one had ‘murdered babies in their cots’.