Another Woman Found Guilty Of Human Trafficking In Gbarpolu County, Sentenced For Six Years

Another Liberian woman has been guilty by the 16th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarpolu  County    a  72 year old woman  , Madame Elizabeth McCree for human trafficking and sentenced to six years in prison.

This brings to six the number of successfully prosecuted Human trafficking cases by government over the last few months within the current term of court which comes to an end next week.

Madame McCree was initially accused jointly with one Anthony  Sumo for the trafficking of 22 children from Gbarpolu to her purported Orphanage House in Kakata,  Margibi County, which was found to be not in existence. She asked for and was granted a separate trial while Mr. Sumo was tried , found guilty and sentenced for six years.

Rendering the Judgment, His Honor   Judge Joe Barcon  noted  that the prosecution provided evidence beyond reasonable doubt that Madame McCree committed the crime of Trafficking  In Persons by transporting, transferring and risking the lives those children.

It can be recalled that when the  22 children were trafficked from Gbarpolu County and later rescued in Margibi County by the Liberia Immigration Service on January 29, 2021, they were  turned over to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for care and safety.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Chairman of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce,  Cllr. Charles Gibson,  has extended appreciation to the Joint Labor and Justice Ministries Legal Team for their professionalism and vigilance to ensuring that perpetrators of Human trafficking are successfully prosecuted to serve as deterrence to others. He lauded the term of lawyers for winning two cases  Gbarpolu, three  cases in  Montserrado and one in Zwedru. In the case in Voinjama,  a hung verdict was rendered which warrants a retrial

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