The Ministry of Labour and the United States Embassy in Liberia have stressed the need to increase partnership in the fight against Human Trafficking and Child Labour in the Country.
According to a Labour Ministry Press release, the statement was made Tuesday, November 24, 2020 when the Charge’ d’affaires at US Embassy Ms. Alyson Grunder met with Labour Minister Cllr. Charles H. Gibson at his Labour Ministry in Monrovia.
Speaking during the meeting, Labour Minister Cllr. Charles H. Gibson assured the US Embassy delegation that the Government of Liberia will do all it can to ensure that the country advance to the next level in the fight against trafficking in persons.
Minister Gibson stressed the need for the fast-tracking of trafficking cases noting that delays in bringing trafficking suspects to court will undermine the fight against crime.
He said that if people are tried against the menace, this will help to reduce trafficking in the country and thereby improving Liberia ranking in the fight against trafficking.
The Labour Minister who also Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce of Liberia further noted that if Liberia must move from Tier-2, there is a need to develop a list of all trafficking cases in the country and to immediately begin the fast-tracking of them.
Cllr. Gibson also frowned on the increase in the wave child labour practices across the country said that immediate actions are needed to remedy the situation.
For her part, Charge’ d’ affaires at the US Embassy near Monrovia, Ms. Alyson Grunder pledged her Government’s commitment in working with the Government of Liberia in the fight against Trafficking In-Persons and Child Labour.
She promised to work along with the Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), the Judiciary and other partners to reduce trafficking and child in Liberia.
Madam Grunder was accompanied by Mr. Joel Kopp, Political and Economic Counselor as well as Mr. Juan D. Martinez,Political Officer.