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Solicitor General says Liberia risks economic sanctions

By Author Douglas
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(’s Solicitor General has alarmed that the country risks facing economic sanctions, if government does not address the current increase in human trafficking in the country.

Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo said: “The issue is very serious and needs a greater attention.”

Solicitor General Blamo gave the warning in response to inquiries by journalists at the Justice Ministry’s news conference in Monrovia Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

The Journalists had inquired about the status of the human trafficking case involving Anthony and Edmond Cassablee, and Korwu Fawaz.

Madam Blamo also said: “The defendants will certainly be tried as soon as possible.”

“Defendants Anthony Cassablee and Korwu Fawaz are languishing at the Monrovia Central Prison, while 89 year-old Edmond Cassablee was released on a conditional bill by Criminal Court “E” on August 23, 2013, due to poor health,” she added.

The Solicitor General also noted: “The conditions laid down for the granting of the bill compelled defendant Edmond Cassablee to turn in his passport and periodically report to the Court.”

The men were arrested and charged earlier this year with human trafficking and gang rape for transporting six girls from Morocco and Tunisia as sex workers.

According to the Solicitor General, the six victims are being kept in safe home, where they are being catered for by the government.

Police Spokesman, Sam Collins, confirmed the situation saying: “More than five to seven cases were tracked within two month period.”

“The Police arrested a 28 year old woman for transporting eight children, including a three year old child from Bong County and carried to an unknown destination,” the Police Spokesman noted.

Mr. Collins said: “A woman sold her baby for about one hundred twenty thousand Liberian Dollars.”

Mr. Collins cataloged the human rights violation cases, with woman and children being the most victimized.

Trafficking in persons is a gross human rights violation against people’s rights to freedom from slavery and from inhumane treatment under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) demands on various governments take appropriate actions to stop the trafficking and exploitation of women.

Also, Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of Children requires that various governments take appropriate actions to prevent children from being subjected to cruel treatment.

Liberia is a signatory to both conventions.

The Act that bans human trafficking in Liberia, defines the business in the Liberian context as: “Recruitment,

transportation, transferring, harboring, or receipt of person by means of threat, or use of force, or other means of coercion, or by the giving, or receiving of payments, or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

According to the Act, whoever is guilty of human trafficking shall be sentenced for a period between one year to life imprisonment, depending on the gravity, or category of the crime commission.


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