Human Trafficking Case Commences in Zwedru

A major Human Trafficking case involving 16 aliens who were allegedly trafficked to Liberia from some West African states has kicked off at the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Labor.

According to the release which was signed by Joseph K. Nyandibo, Director of Communications, on October 26, 2021, the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) with the help of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce detachment in the County arrested eight Fulanis for allegedly trafficking 16 persons into Liberia from Guinea, Togo and the Ivory Coast. The 16 persons were rescued by the LIS following a tip-off from sources that some non-Liberians were being held in a local hotel in Zwedru City.

During a preliminary investigation, the LIS in collaboration with the Labor Commissioner of Grand Gedeh was able to establish that 16 persons were victims of human trafficking and that the traffickers were identified to be agents of Qnet, a criminal network engaged in the trafficking of people in the West Africa region.

The release further said that a team of prosecution lawyers of the National Anti-Trafficking Taskforce has arrived in the County to join the County Attorney in the prosecution of the trafficking case.

If convicted each of the eight accused will get a minimum twenty (20) years imprisonment plus properties seized and auctioned to restitute the victims for damages and injuries in compliance to the anti-human trafficking laws of Liberia.

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