A third of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel involve a minor under 18, according to the report by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS).

Interviews done with victims in Haiti and Liberia suggest that the United Nations is underreporting cases of sexual abuse and exploitation by its peacekeeping personnel.

In Haiti, 231 people admitted to having "transactional sexual relationships" with peacekeeping personnel in exchange for "jewellery, 'church' shoes, dresses, fancy underwear, cell phones, perfume, radios, televisions and, in a few cases, laptops."

Women interviewed in the report said they were hungry, homeless or needed items for their babies or their households.

In Liberia, women who engaged in sex with the peacekeepers were not poorer than others and also viewed the mission "more favorably" than women who did not have sexual relations, the study showed.

The report noted that some women in Haiti "withheld the badges of peacekeepers and threatened to reveal their infidelity via social media" if the men refused to pay.

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