Abortion giant IPPF that receives millions in UK aid “provided prostitutes for guests” at functions

3 June 2019

Lucien Koukakou IPPF
Lucien Kouakou, who was dismissed as IPPF's regional director, made the explosive claims.

The International Planned Parenthood Federation, one of the world’s largest abortion providers, oversaw the hiring of prostitutes for staff, donors and guests attending official functions, according to explosive allegations reported in the Daily Mail.

Months of scandals

In January, the UK’s Department for International Development (Dfid) came under fire for awarding £132 million of aid money to IPPF while an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and corruption against the abortion giant was ongoing.

Internal documents referred to claims of sexual harassment, bullying, abusive conduct and intimidation of whistle-blowers at one of the organisation's largest overseas offices. A female executive was allegedly sent a pornographic video in an attempt to intimidate her.

Allegations of abuse of young people

Now, Lucien Kouakou, the Africa regional director who was dismissed over the allegations, has made explosive claims including that IPPF offered sexual ‘gifts’ to guests at African events for several years.

In an email sent to an official at the IPPF’s London headquarters responding to the threat of dismissal, Mr Kouakou discussed ‘my alleged acts of sexual misconduct’.

He said that Alvaro Bermejo, the organisation’s director general, told him that under a previous regime ‘there was promoting of prostitution within the organisation, where prostitutes would be organised for IPPF staff, donors and partners during functions’.

He repeated the charges in Kenyan court documents filed in February, which say that under a previous leadership ‘the region solicited the services of prostitutes for guests during official functions of the organisation’.

The court documents add: ‘Young volunteers within the region were being offered to invitee guests during African gatherings and functions for sex or sexual pleasure.’

“IPPF is in a major crisis”

The initial allegations led the Charity Commission to open a regulatory compliance case. According to Third Sector, the scale of the scandal is such that Mr Bermejo offered his resignation (he has now rescinded it claiming he wants to take the lead in transforming IPPF).

The levels of corruption and scandal have also led to all 45 member associations in the Western hemisphere region – including those in the US, Argentina, Brazil and Canada – opting to break away from the London-based federation. London based staff say that “IPPF is in a major crisis”.

Millions of UK aid to disgraced organisations

Despite Dfid knowing of the allegations against IPPF since August, ministers gave £132 million in funding for a two-year programme in January. Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary at the time, had promised in the wake of the charity sex scandal last year to withhold funds from charities that did not act to stamp out exploitation.

Furthermore, in April Dfid chose IPPF to lead a consortium promoting “Sexual Reproductive Health Rights” in six developing countries. IPPF and Marie Stopes International (which has also been mired in scandal) were given £42 million to look at the “neglected issue” of safe abortion in developing countries.

The shocking allegations against IPPF and Marie Stopes does not seem to have deterred Dfid from pumping millions in foreign aid into funding overseas abortions – in recent weeks, Baroness Sugg, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State said she was “proud” of the UK’s role in championing abortion overseas.