Partners Hailed for Fight against People Trafficking

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The Assistant Labor Minister for Trade Union Affairs has hailed the collaboration between the government of Liberia and World Hope International in the fight against trafficking in persons in the country.

Mr. Emmett Crayton also hailed the support from the World Hope International, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other partners for the fight against people trafficking.

He made the statement recently at the opening of a one-day Completion and Validation of the National Trafficking-in-Persons Referral Pathway workshop held in the conference room of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Monrovia.

The workshop was organized by the World Hope International in collaboration with the National Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons Secretariat with funding from the United States Department for State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking-in-Persons.

The overall objective of the Referral Pathway is to ensure and strengthen cooperation and coordination among the National Trafficking-in-Persons Secretariat, taskforce members, the judicial system, international organizations, United Nations agencies, and local government with respect to identification and protection of victims of trafficking (VOT).

More importantly, the referral pathway complements the standard operating procedures (SOP) among anti trafficking stakeholders. It also gives a procedure for cooperation and coordination, and ensures that all available expertise, capacities and potential of each of the taskforce ministries and agencies are adequately and effectively employed to deliver the best possible protection and assistance for victims of trafficking.

As for trafficking activities in Liberia, past, current and future activities, Adolphus Satiah, National Coordinator of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce Secretariat assured donors and stakeholders of the taskforce’s commitment to the multi-lateral and inter-regional cooperation agreements to combat trafficking in persons.

Mr. Satiah said since the taskforce was constituted in 2006, it has been actively engaged in a series of activities aimed at eradicating the crime of trafficking in the country and sub-region.

He named the arrest and prosecution of two Lebanese for trafficking six Moroccan and Tunisian women to Liberia and the repatriation of 14 Liberian young women allegedly trafficked to Lebanon as some of the achievements the taskforce has made so far.

The National Trafficking Taskforce Secretariat serves as the overall coordinator to respond to all identified trafficking cases in the country. Once identified, the secretariat ensures that the VOTs are provided with the best possible protection and assistance as well as access to sustainable solutions.

For his part, the World Hope International Program Manager, Wellington A. Kollie, said his institution will remain a major partner of the government in the fight against trafficking in persons.

Mr. Kollie expressed his institution’s preparedness to work with the government and other partners to finalize the draft pathway as a means of accelerating the fight against the crime of trafficking in persons.

“World Hope International is dedicated to fight injustice, poverty, hunger and suffering through innovative, sustainable programs that attack the roots of these problems and create positive lasting results,” Mr. Kollie said.

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