After rallying Mano River Union Countries governments’ cooperation in fighting against human trafficking, Liberia has made a major gain in alleviating the menace out of the sub-region.
On Thursday, January 12, 2023, victims, mainly females, were filled with joy when Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice handed down a unanimous guilty verdict against former undercover security Agent Arthur Chan-chan, and his accomplice, Samuel Chan-chan. Convicts Arthur, and Samuel, stood accused of deceitfully facilitating the travel to Asian State, Oman, of several Liberian ladies, assuring them pretentiously that they [Convicts] have found attractive domestic servants jobs for them [victims].
When the trafficked Liberian ladies arrived in Oman, it all turned out differently, as they were actually human trafficked to the Asian Country to face harsh conditions ranging from sexual abuses, forced labour and alleged theft of sensitive body organs through illegal extraction.
Through tremendous efforts exerted by Liberia’s Labour Minister, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson, President George M. Weah and donor partners including the US Embassy near Monrovia, provided support and repatriated a sizeable number of the victims back home, and thereafter, started the legal battle to bring the perpetrators before the law. With great coordination and support from the national government, Arthur Chan-chan, and Samuel Chan-chan were prosecuted by the Justice Ministry.
The Ministry of Labour heads the National Task Force against Human Trafficking, with Its Minister, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson, serving as the Chairman. Meanwhile, Criminal Court “A” is expected to sentence the convicts next week. The revised Anti-Human Trafficking law provides that the minimum sentence for convicted persons guilty of the crime of human trafficking is twenty years in prison.