Volunteers in the Calais Jungle have been accused of sexually exploiting refugees and even child migrants.
The Independent has discovered a serious row has broken out among some unpaid charity workers at the camp in northern France, with some believing forging sexual relationships with adult refugees is natural in such circumstances, while others say it breaches all usual codes of conduct.
One man who raised the alarm was later subjected to a barrage of online abuse.
After being told of the allegations, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, called for charities in Calais to impose “zero tolerance” policies on any exploitation to help maintain the “integrity” of volunteer work.
Charity leaders working in the area have confirmed there is a serious problem, with worries about predatory behaviour by both male and female volunteers. But they say it is difficult to control due to the absence of universal humanitarian standards in the Jungle, meaning there are no official aid organisations on the ground and no controls over who can enter to volunteer.