THE reputation of international charity Oxfam has been left in tatters after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Staff have been accused of paying for sex with under-age prostitutes while carrying out aid work in Haiti after the earthquake of 2011.

And yesterday, the chairman of Oxfam International was arrested as part of a corruption probe in Guatemala.

Juan Alberto Fuentes Knight, a former finance minister in the country, was detained along with former president Alvaro Colom as part of an investigation into a public bus deal.

But it’s the sex scandal that has rocked the charity.

A leaked report revealed some workers threw a “full-on Caligula orgy” at a £1,200-a-month villa.

Some of the girls were said to be under 16. Prostitution is illegal in Haiti, as is having sex with someone under the age of 18.

Last year, Oxfam received a total of £176 million from the UK Government and other public authorities, making up the largest percentage of its funding.

If this is taken away, it is unknown if Oxfam will be able to survive and this scandal may sink the entire charity.

An inquiry was launched by the UK charity commission amid concerns that further details may emerge from Haiti.

Here in Brighton, thousands of people visit the four stores across the city.

We took to the streets to find out your views on the scandal.

Freddy Otley, 27, Brighton said: “It’s totally wrong. It’s an obscene violation of human rights.

"People trusted Oxfam and I just can’t believe that a charity of all things would do this.  “Not just sex crimes but trying to hide them as well.

"I can’t see myself going in there again after seeing the news about what they have been doing with people’s money.

"It does make me think about what happens at these big charities. 

“How am I supposed to trust where my donation goes? It makes me think about what other organisations could have done in the past.

"I’m not sure I can trust any of them now. 

“I don’t see how Oxfam can come back from this.”

Jamie Bell said: “It was covered up. The people in charge knew about these things and hid it.

"It is a horrible thing to be happening. Then to cover it up and do nothing about it – how are these people still in work? If all of this is true, then it is crazy.

“I would have thought I could still use Oxfam. They may have had people who have done wrong now but it can still do good in the world. 

“Hopefully they will clear out the bad eggs. I don’t think they need to shut the whole charity down. 

“I’m sure there are a load of good people working there.

"They have thousands of volunteers and they do good things every day.”

Gareth Salhall said: “My instant reaction is that it must have been covered up for a long time.

“The discussion of their funding is the most important. For the time being, it must be cut.

"Until action is taken it must be done. We have to publicly document and investigate what is going on there.

“I wouldn’t donate to Oxfam. Not for the time being. They have a lot to fix before I could think about donating.

“Personally, it’s hard to determine if it still can be a force for good. I give to a lot of charities, but I think the big organisations aren’t really trusted.

"What is happening right now cements that. What do they with their money?”

Elsa Crouch said: “It is shameful. I don’t know how it could ever turn around from now. 

“They need to win back their reputation and who knows how they can do that. If they wanted to win back the public, they will need a ridiculously good marketing team. 

“I don’t think they don’t need to close. They have the resources and they are such an enormous organisation it would almost be a shame to get rid of it completely now.

"They have done some good, but the wrong people were in charge.

"I suppose if they bring in better people it would be a start.

"I wouldn’t donate to Oxfam now. They have enough money, don’t they?”