6/10/15, "UN peacekeepers 'barter goods for sex'," BBC
"UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says.
They are paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items.
The report says 480 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made in 2008-13.
One-third of the allegations involved children.
The UN draft report says hundreds of women surveyed in Haiti and Liberia told they had been motivated by hunger, poverty and lifestyle improvement to sell sex to UN peacekeepers, according to Reuters news agency.
"Evidence from two peacekeeping mission countries demonstrates that transactional sex is quite common but underreported in peacekeeping missions," the news agency is quoting the draft report.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press - which has also obtained the document - says that 231 people in Haiti interviewed last year told they had had "transactional sex" with peacekeepers.
"In cases of non-payment, some women withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media," AP reports the document as saying.
It adds that 51 such allegations were made against UN peacekeepers in 2014, down from 66 a year before.
The news agencies are also quoting what they say is a response to the draft by the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support.
The departments do not dispute that underreporting remains a concern.
But they also stress that there has been a significant increase in deployment of peacekeepers over the past 10 years and a large decrease in sexual exploitation and abuse allegations.
The UN currently has about 125,000 peacekeepers deployed in a number of countries around the world."
6/10/15, "United Nations peacekeepers commonly pay for sex: U.N. study," Reuters, Michelle Nichols
"The OIOS draft report also noted that "the number of condoms distributed, along with the number of personnel undergoing voluntary counseling and confidential testing for HIV...suggest that sexual relationships between peacekeeping personnel and the local population may be routine."
It said a U.N. bulletin issued in 2003 banned transactional sex by peacekeepers, in part because it undercuts the organization's credibility in areas where it is serving."...
"Financing Peacekeeping," un.org:
UN peacekeeper budget for "fiscal year 1 July 2014-30 June 2015 is about $7.06 billion."
Top 5 donors to United Nations Peacekeeping operations in 2013-2015 (these amounts are in addition to billions in generic UN donations):
UN is banker of "peacekeeper" dollars. Countries must provide their own "peacekeepers" then seek payment from the UN of about $1028 per month per "soldier":
"Peacekeeping soldiers are paid by their own Governments according to their own national rank and salary scale. Countries volunteering uniformed personnel to peacekeeping operations are reimbursed by the UN at a standard rate, approved by the General Assembly, of a little over US$1,028 per soldier per month."