Taskforce Ups Awareness On Combating Human Trafficking

The Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, Moses Kollie, has said the body has embarked on a ‘massive’ awareness campaign intended to educate Liberians and residents of the ills associated with human trafficking and how to prevent the act of human trafficking.Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia on Thursday, Kollie, who is Liberia’s Minister of Labour, said the campaign is also intended to inform the citizenry that human trafficking is a crime under the laws of the country as well as reveal to them the punishment associated with it.
According to him, the Government of Liberia through the taskforce is working tirelessly to ensure that it combats all forms of human trafficking in the country.
Kollie indicated that human trafficking in all its forms is dangerous to the lives of humans, adding, “It contributes to the destruction of a nation by reducing the number of potential individuals.”

For his part, the Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Robert Buddy, indicated that his agency has set up an intelligence network to combat trade in humans.

Buddy, who also spoke at the Ministry of Information press conference, disclosed that the LIS recently intercepted a human trafficking case at the Roberts International Airport involving 18 female Sierra Leone nationals.

Buddy stated that LIS investigation established that the Sierra Leoneans were victims of trafficking and the LIS has since facilitated their return to Sierra Leone.

Also speaking, the Assistant Minister for Litigation at the Ministry of Justice, Cllr. Wesseh A. Wesseh, revealed that the Government of Liberia recently prosecuted and convicted five human traffickers.

“The Ministry of Justice is very robust in prosecuting human trafficking cases and has not lost a single case involving human trafficking,” Wesseh noted

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