The child trafficking division of the Liberia immigration service (LIS) is warning all Liberians who are traveling to make sure to travel with their children birth certificates in order to avoid further embarrassment.
Speaking to the GNN, LIS Coordinator for Human Trafficking recently at the Salala Checkpoint on the Monrovia/Gbarnga highway, Mr. Mulbah T. Sumoe, his institution has begun what he called a rigid search on people traveling with children across the country to display their children birth certificate in order to avoid the trafficking of children.
Even though he did not call name, but said recently a lady was arrested traveling with over seven hundred children from different locations across the county, noting that he was mandated by his head office to ask people traveling with children by publicly displaying the following documents: child breath certificate, vaccination card and or school documents that will better indicate that the child is theirs.
Mr. Sumoe then asserted that failure on the parts of anyone who will not ahead to this message and turn it down will be compared to either return to their location or they will take hole of the child until proper documents are provided.
He then said that there are plan by the Liberia Immigration Service to create radio awareness in various communities across Liberia to inform the over 4.5 millions people in the land about the exercise which has being in the systems but was not in full swing, as per the trafficking laws.
For her part a mother of 8 children who was traveling with one Madam Suevie Tarpeh appealed to the Liberia immigration service chief trafficking detachment to please allow them to go their respective locations as they were not informed about the exercise.
Madame Tarpeh then lamented that the exercise was abrupt but committed to serving as ambassador of the information, so that parents across the country will take note while traveling with their child or children.