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UN Bans Sex Between Peacekeepers, Congolese Residents


The United Nations says it has banned its peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo from having sex with local residents following allegations of widespread sexual abuse.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says a curfew has been imposed on peacekeepers in Congo. He called for 100 extra police officers and investigators to look into allegations of abuse and prevent further sexual exploitation.

The new regulations were disclosed in a letter to the Security Council Wednesday.

Last month, a U.N. report found that peacekeepers in eastern Congo have bribed women and girls with eggs, milk, or a few dollars in exchange for sex.

The United Nations has probed around 150 allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Congo over the last year.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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