Newspaper headlines: Oxfam shop abuse claims and ‘aid for sex’

Image caption Oxfam continues to make front page headlines and the Daily Telegraph’s lead story is the allegation by the charity’s former head of safeguarding, Helen Evans, that teenage charity shop volunteers were abused and overseas staff had traded aid for sex. The paper quotes her interview with Channel 4 News, in which she claimed overseas staff had been accused of rape, and abuse of young volunteers by shop managers had been covered up.
Image caption The Metro also leads with the same Channel 4 News interview. The paper says Ms Evans “eventually quit in despair as she felt bosses were not taking her warnings about alleged sexual misconduct by staff in Britain and worldwide seriously enough”.
Image caption Figures seen by the Daily Mail state that there have been 123 claims of sexual harassment at Oxfam stores. The paper said the charity had not carried out criminal record checks on the 23,000 volunteers who staff its 650 shops.
Image caption The Guardian reports that Oxfam could lose £29m in European funding because of its handling of sexual misconduct by senior staff in Haiti and Chad. The European Commission, which has provided funding for the charity, said it was “ready to review” and potentially cease funding any partner that was not “living up to the required high ethical standards”.
Image caption The i’s front page story also relates to ongoing accusations against Oxfam. The charity’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence resigned, saying she was “ashamed” and took full responsibility. “I am ashamed this happened on my watch” is the headline the paper goes with.
Image caption The Financial Times carries a picture of an Oxfam badge on its front page, with the slogan “Love Is Safety” – but the paper leads with a financial story. It reports that Barclays has been charged with unlawful financial assistance over a $3bn loan made to the state of Qatar in November 2008. The paper says this is the second time the Serious Fraud Office has charged the banking group over emergency fundraising from that year.
Image caption The killer of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman claims a second attempt was made on his life in prison. In tapes leaked to The Sun, Ian Huntley alleges a violent convict tried to slit his throat at HMP Frankland, Co Durham, last May.
Image caption A study shows inflammatory tablets used to treat arthritis could slash a person’s risk of dementia in half, the Daily Express reports. The paper also features a photo of Stuart Hill and Becky Dobson, who were among the three British tourists killed in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon on Saturday.
Image caption The Daily Mirror reports that Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancee, visited the site of the Grenfell Tower fire to comfort victims. On its front page the paper quotes a resident who said: “It means so much.”
Image caption The Daily Star claims health and safety officials have warned people over participating in pancake races, as some could get hurt running on “unpleasant wet and muddy grass”. The paper adds the strap headline “Snowflakes ruin yet another tradition” and it’s pretty clear it is not talking about the weather conditions.

A high proportion of Tuesday’s papers lead with ongoing revelations about Oxfam and a sex scandal over an aid worker hiring prostitutes in aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti in 2010, which is thought to have killed more than 200,000.

“Abuse rife in Oxfam shops” is the headline in the Daily Mail, which highlights claims that volunteers as young as fourteen have been harassed or worse, by adult workers. The paper says 123 allegations of sexual harassment have been investigated in Oxfam stores over nine years.

The Guardian quotes officials in Brussels as saying the charity could lose £29m in annual funding from the European Commission.

The Times says ministers should withdraw taxpayers funding from Oxfam until the extent of the misconduct is known, and accuses the International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt of ducking tough decisions.

The Daily Express is already campaigning against Britain’s target of spending nought point seven per cent of GDP on foreign aid, under the banner “stop the foreign aid madness”. Its commentator Ross Clark says the “sordid” revelations demonstrate that spending money is not an achievement in itself.

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The Daily Mirror reports that Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markel, has offered comfort to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire during two unpublicised visits. She apparently went to a mosque a mile from the tower accompanied by a royal protection officer. The paper draws a comparison to Princess Diana and her charity work, saying it’s a reminder of how the Royals can “reach out” to people.

Prisoners are being offered acupuncture and classes in mindfulness to help them get to sleep, according to the Daily Mail and The Times. The measures at Dovegate jail were introduced to try to stop inmates using smuggled drugs such as spice, which had become more popular since smoking was banned.

The Daily Mail says the news will “raise eyebrows at a time when there are fears that prisons are becoming too cushy”.

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It’s Shrove Tuesday and the Daily Star’s main front page story is a decision by what it calls “snowflake health and safety officials” to declare war on traditional pancake races.

Organisers have called off a race in Christchurch in Dorset, where rain and wind are forecast, in case competitors slip over and hurt themselves while running on “slippery grass”.

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