U.S. Decries Liberian Gov’t, Says it failed to meet the Minimum Standards to Eliminate Trafficking in Persons

US State Department

Human trafficking in Liberia Overwhelming

The United State Department has released another report; this time on trafficking in persons, stressing that the Government of Liberia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.

These efforts, the US State Department said, included opening a new shelter for child trafficking victims, initiating an investigation into a high-profile labor trafficking case in cooperation with foreign governments, and allocating funding to NGOs to conduct awareness raising campaigns.

However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period, even considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its anti-trafficking capacity.

The government identified fewer victims, initiated fewer investigations, prosecuted fewer defendants, and did not convict any traffickers. Law enforcement officials continued to lack adequate resources and understanding of trafficking to effectively investigate and prosecute trafficking crimes.

Shelter services for victims remained insufficient, and the government did not support NGOs providing care to victims. Therefore, Liberia was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.

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