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Labour Ministry Leaps To Restore Trafficked Liberian Women Values

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The Chairman of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce of Liberia, Labour Minister, Charles H. Gibson, has reassured the Government of Liberia fullest support and commitment to  resettling and reintegration of victims of the sordid escapade.

He said the government will prosecute all of the perpetrators who committed the dastardly act against their unsuspecting victims.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of a symposium held  for the reintegration of the victims into the Liberian society over the weekend, he said, the victims are under the protection of the Liberian Government and they must not be intimidated by their perpetrators, adding, the government will use the information provided during the symposium to guide them when they meet with the Omani authority to address concerns raised about what the Liberian ladies are going through in the hands of their Omani employers.

According to Minister Gibson, when the high power Liberian delegation which comprises Ministers of Labour, Justice, Gender & Social Protection & Foreign Affairs visit Oman, some of the victims, at least two to three will go along with them to confirm or identify some of the employers that gave them ill-treatment including sexual harassment during their stay in Oman.

The Liberia Labour Minister further disclosed that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has also made a full commitment to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Labour to give $75,000 seventy-five thousand United States dollars to the first fifty girls as startup cash to do small business.

According to Minister Gibson, IOM will select the first fifty ladies to conduct small business training for them in early October, after which the cash or kind will be delivered to them as their resettlement packages to help them cope with stigma in society.

At the same time, Minister Gibson called on the victimized girls to be focused and give serious attention to the business that they will be trained to do.

He said the International Organization for Migration will be monitoring every individual business center to see whether they are making significant progress in the business to give them additional support.

“When IOM come to inspect your business center and they don’t make any improvement in what they intend to do, it will translate to mean you are a wasteful person and they will no longer help or trust to give you their money again”.

Minister Gibson also used the occasion to inform the public that, the Liberian government with support from partners has formulated a policy to license entities that will be involved in external employment as a means of protecting people, especially young women who will be seeking domestic employment out of Liberia.

The Liberian Labour Minister also thanked partnering organizations like IOM, USAID, World Hope Organization, and many others for standing with the Government of Liberia in fighting against Human-Trafficking.

He urged victims to serve as ambassadors in creating awareness to discourage young women from seeking employment opportunities outside of Liberia, especially in Oman and many Arab nations that don’t have humanitarian feelings for servants.

The National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce of Liberia made these interventions when it held a four-day symposium for Liberian ladies that were trafficked to the Arab gulf nation of Oman and some other Arab countries.

The symposium brought together about 112 young Liberian ladies between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. It was meant to give victims the opportunity to tell the stories of how they were trafficked to Oman.

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