Trafficked Girls To Return From Lebanon…Gov’t Says It Is Making Every Effort
“Liberian Government Is Returning Home Alleged Trafficked Liberian Girls In Lebanon”, Deputy Foreign Minister Clarifies
Monrovia, February 4, 2015: The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is concerned about the welfare of seven Liberian girls that were allegedly trafficked to the Republic of Lebanon and that all frantic efforts are being made to get the girls returned to Liberia soon.
The girls, named RemaNyepan, Ayres M. Jasper, Bernice Gbar, Muffitte N. Panma, Grace K. David, Emma T. Swaber and Patience King were reportedly subjected to slavery and abuse by residents to whom they were contracted for housekeeping.
Cllr. BoakaiKanneh, Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs made the disclosure Wednesday when he responded to a group of local journalists who had gone to seek clarity in the saga of the Liberian girls.
Minister Kanneh also asserted that the Liberian Government has been investigating the matter and in order to facilitate the return of the girls to Liberia has sent travel documentations along with tickets while flight arrangements are being finalized.
Minister Kanneh’s clarity runs contrary to media reports that the Government has not shown any interest in the alleged trafficked Liberian girls.
The Deputy Foreign Minister also disclosed that these efforts are being made in conjunction with other relevant stakeholders including the Ministries of Justice and Labor and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).