By Aliki Kraterou For Mailonline
Published: 13:22 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 13:22 BST, 24 October 2020
A sex ban has been imposed on aid workers overseas as Government warns staff who are found to be in relationship with disaster zone victims, face 'gross misconduct'.
Britain's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has banned sexual relationships between staff and those receiving aid, based on 'inherently unequal power dynamics that can lead to increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment if power is abused'.
The Government warns aid workers who are found ignoring the ban will be facing 'gross misconduct' proceedings.
Aid workers who are found to be in relationships with beneficiaries face 'gross misconduct' proceedings (file photo of Medicin Sans Frontieres delivening food in Malawi)
It has also banned 'sexual activity with children regardless of the age of consent locally, exchange of money, employment, goods, or services for sex.'