Let’s check in on what our tax dollar has been buying us at the United Nations:
United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex for food, according to a United States Embassy cable released by WikiLeaks.
The cable written in January 2010 focuses on the behavior of Beninese peacekeepers stationed in the western town of Toulepleu, an area that has been at the crosshairs of the nation’s 10-year-long conflict.
A random poll of 10 underage girls in Toulepleu by aid group Save The Children U.K. in 2009 found that eight performed sexual acts for Benin peacekeepers on a regular basis in order to secure their most basic needs. “Eight of the 10 said they had ongoing sexual relationships with Beninese soldiers in exchange for food or lodging,” the diplomat wrote in the cable, citing information shared with the embassy by a protection officer.
The Ivory Coast is hardly alone.
Sexual misconduct by U.N. troops has been reported in a number of countries including Congo, Cambodia and Haiti — as well as in an earlier incident involving Moroccan peacekeepers in Ivory Coast.
Before the little girls pay for the food with sexual favors, we pay for it with taxes. America provides the lion’s share of the malignant UN’s bloated budget.
We’ve been hearing reports of sexual abuse of children by UN “peacekeepers” for years. Bureaucrats invariably babble about putting a stop to it. Yet now we know the practice was still going strong at least through 2009.
There is a simple way to end it. Cut off US funding. If that doesn’t work, or even if it does, next we should bulldoze a certain unsightly giant domino into the East River.
On a tip from Jodie. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.