Liberians ask US for help with alleged human trafficking

(AP) – Protesters have gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy in Liberia's capital, asking it to put pressure on Liberian officials to bring back some 60 young Liberian women allegedly trafficked into Lebanon between 2011 and 2012.

Protesters said the women, aged between 22 and 34, were reportedly lured to Lebanon believing they were going to get well-paid jobs, but ended up being housemaids and "slaves" for Lebanese landlords.

In a statement handed to the U.S. Embassy Tuesday the protesters asked the country for help.

U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Director Sally Hodgson said the embassy received the petition and is already engaged with the Liberian authorities.

Liberia's government has said that some of the girls have been brought back home.

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