Policing the Peacekeepers: The Hidden Story of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

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The Global Enquirer

“I cannot put into words how anguished and angered and ashamed I am by recurrent reports over the years of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. forces.” – Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

For almost seven decades, the blue beret has been a symbol of international peace and the global community’s willingness to prevent, manage or resolve violent conflict. However, long-standing allegations of United Nations peacekeepers committing acts of sexual abuse and exploitation during deployments have cast a dark shadow over the reputation of the blue beret and what it stands for.


The problem of sexual exploitation and abuse has been a continual issue since the early 1990s. In Bosnia and Kosovo, UN troops are alleged to have been involved in the local sex trade. This includes allegations of trafficking young women as well as fuelling the demand for local brothels. Given the role of UN peacekeepers in maintaining order and the rule of…

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