Deputy Labour Minister Pitches Liberia’s Efforts in Combating Human Trafficking
Monrovia – Deputy Labour Minister for Manpower Planning and Human Resource Development Atty. Phil Tarpeh Dixon has named trafficking in human as a menace that needs regional and international fight and must be taken seriously.
Making Liberia case at a start of a three-day Conference which begin on January 21 and will last until January 23 in Saly Portudal, near Dakar, Senegal, Minister Dixon said the human trafficking is a factor affecting Liberia and the Weah administration is committed to eliminating the act.
“President Weah prioritizes the fight against trafficking by making most appointments of those who lead the nation’s anti-trafficking fight within his first week in office,” Minister Dixon said.
The regional conference has brought together nations across West Africa in an effort of expressing their commitment to eliminating Trafficking in Persons, Migrant Smuggling and illicit Financial Flows associated with criminal activities.
A dispatch from Senegal quotes Minister Dixon saying, there has been renew efforts made in combating the scourge since the inception of George Weah leadership.
He at the same time reaffirms government through the Ministry of Labor commitment in upholding the President’s agenda that speak against trafficking in person and other criminal activities.
Additionally, the Liberian Deputy Minister informed the gathering that, the government has taken steps to reduce ‘push and pull factors’ that contribute to trafficking by making college and university education free at public institutions of learning.
He reechoed the gathering, that this waver by President Weah on education covers the cost of West African exams fees, and giving numerous young people the chance to occupied senior government positions.
The Deputy Labor Minister explained that the National Anti-Trafficking Task Force led by Labor Minister Moses Yarkpazuo Kollie, during the course of 2018 exceeded the expectations stated in the National Action Plan against Trafficking in Persons.
“Anti-Trafficking awareness has been spread, particularly through the observance of the World Day against Trafficking, while the country has been able to reunite foreign victims with their families abroad and have them returned to the country as witnesses, thereby securing criminal convictions,” Minister Dixon asserted.
“Additionally, over two hundred and fifty Liberians working in the security and other sectors have been trained to enhance understanding of the issues and improve productivity in the fight against Trafficking.”