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Did Liberia Fail On Human Trafficking Indicators?

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By E. Geedahgar Garsuah

MONROVIA: The United States Government has acknowledged that while the Government of Liberia is making some gains in the eradication of the human trafficking scourge, it has miserably failed to reach the minimum standards of elimination.

The U.S. Government revealed that the government of Liberia does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons, but efforts are being exerted on the government’s part to address global menace of trafficking in persons.
“The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared with the previous reporting period, considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if any, on its anti-trafficking capacity; therefore Liberia remained on Tier 2.”
The United States Department’s 2023 Trafficking in Person (TIP) Report which was released on Thursday, June 15, 2023 graded the Liberian government’s efforts in prosecuting and convicting culprits of the human trade as well as the identifying more victims of human trafficking.
TIP Report said; “These efforts included prosecuting and convicting an official complicit in human trafficking and identifying more victims and referring them to services.
However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Investigations decreased and law enforcement officials continued to lack adequate resources and understanding of trafficking to effectively investigate and prosecute trafficking crimes. Victim services, especially shelter, remained insufficient.”
Though, the U.S. Government has advanced recommendations to the Government of Liberia to direct more resources with the aim of training social workers and labor supervisors on victim’s identification standards measures and medical appointment system.
The TIP Report also urged the government to cultivate partnership with the Liberia Immigration Service, anti-trafficking police units, judicial authorities, and the Ministry of Labor.
The 2023 Trafficking in Person (TIP) Report said “Increase financial or in-kind support to NGOs that support trafficking victims. Train law enforcement and judicial officials on identifying, investigating, and prosecuting trafficking cases under the revised 2021 anti-trafficking law.”
“Increase labor inspections in the informal sector and mining regions to improve the identification of trafficking cases, including child forced labor.
“Increase efforts to raise public awareness of human trafficking, including internal trafficking. Allocate financial and in-kind resources to the national anti-trafficking task force. Screen foreign workers, including Cuban overseas workers, for forced labor indicators and refer identified forced labor victims to appropriate services. “
“Expand victim services – particularly for victims outside the capital, males, and victims requiring long-term care. Increase efforts to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases, including those involving internal trafficking, sex trafficking, related criminal networks, and officials accused of complicity.”
The TIP Report, which was made public by the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, evaluates efforts exerted by the global community in battling the human trade and also shines spotlights on policies aimed at mitigating human trafficking, and as well provides protection for victims.
The 2023 TIP Report captured sequence of events regarding human trafficking from across 188 countries including the United States of America and is the 23rd edition of Trafficking In Person.

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