A cause of “deep concern and alarm” was the ease with which individuals known to be predatory or potentially dangerous were able to move undetected from one aid organization to another, the report added.
The committee also criticized aid groups for failing to tackle the problem despite being aware of reports of abuse for years.
“Repeatedly, reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers and/or peacekeepers have emerged, the sector has reacted, but then the focus has faded,” the report found.
Chair of the committee, MP Stephen Twigg, said the report set out “the collective failure over period of at least 16 years by the aid sector to address sexual exploitation and abuse.”
He said that in effect, organizations had often put “their reputation ahead of women, children and other victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.”