Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat

ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASKFORCE SECRETARIAT

Introduction

The National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce was constituted on October 27, 2006 by the Government of Liberia under the leadership of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. This was in fulfillment of Article Two section one ‘’A’’ of the Act to ban trafficking in Liberia and this Act was enacted into law by the National Transitional Legislative Assembly on June 14, 2005

The members of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce includes:

Ministry of Labour                                                   Chairman

Ministry of Justice                                                    Co-chair

Ministry of Foreign Affairs                                         Member

Ministry of Internal Affairs                                        Member                                                                            

Ministry of Health                                                    Member                                                   

Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection        Member             

Liberia National Police                                              Member                                                    

Liberia Immigration Services                                     Member                                                               

In fulfillment of its duties, the national Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce is committed to the combat of one of the most dehumanizing crimes against human existence in our new dispensation, human trafficking otherwise known as modern day slavery. The Taskforce as an inter-agency institution coordinates the effective usage of resources in order to collectively strengthen individual member ability to protect persons vulnerable to the crime.  

The Trafficking in Persons Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce of Liberia that runs the day to day activities of the Taskforce.

The Minister of Labour is the Chairman of the Inter-ministerial taskforce. The Secretariat is based at the Ministry of Labour under the Department of Planning.

Function of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce

  • Develop the National Plan for the prevention of trafficking in persons
  • Coordinate the implementation of the Plan
  • Monitor and supervise all members, associate members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other partners to ensure sound implementation
  • Coordinate the collection and sharing of trafficking data among government agencies (all data collected shall respect the privacy of the victims)
  • Coordinate the sharing of information between agencies for the purpose of:
  • Determine whether individuals crossing or attempting to cross the international borders of Liberia with travel documents belonging to other persons or without travel documents are perpetrators or victims of trafficking.
  •  Detecting criminal groups engaged in trafficking.
  • Identify and engage in efforts to facilitate cooperation with foreign countries, particularly those which are a significant source of victims, transit location, or destination of victims, this cooperation shall strengthen bilateral, multilateral, local and regional capacities to assist trafficked victims, prevent trafficking, prosecute traffickers and assist in the appropriate reintegration of victims of trafficking.
  • Establish policies to enable government to work with NGOs and other elements of civil society to prevent trafficking and provide assistance to victims.
  • Recommend amendments and provisions of the Act to the approving authority, if necessary.

The following activities were carried out by the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce:

  • The TIP Secretariat received a total of 29 alleged sexual gender base abuse and human trafficking related cases in 2018 from the hotline and referred same to the Liberia National Police for investigation.
  • The TIP Secretariat held two separate meeting with the Country Directors of Orphan Relief and rescue and World Hope International on the sustainability of the hotline.
  • On March 20, 2018, the TIP Secretariat conducted its first regular Taskforce meeting under the Chairmanship of Hon. Moses Y. Kollie, Minister of Labour. The meeting brought together 25 stakeholders of member institutions of the Taskforce. Currently the Taskforce is meeting regularly.
  • January 2018, the TIP Secretariat conducted a week long workshop for investigators at the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberia National Police Headquarters,sponsored by the Integrated Justice System International (IJSI).
  • The TIP Secretariat, IOM and the Liberia Immigration Services (LIS) repatriated 1087 stranded Liberian Migrants from North Africa in 2018. These Liberians are currently receiving reintegration packages from IOM as mean to sustain themselves.
  • On May 2, 2018, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization launched a project to strengthening the capacity of police and other law enforcement agency to effectively respond to Trafficking in Persons
  • The Government of Liberia with support from the International Development Law Organization held a two day workshop on the revision of the National Action Plan at the Buchanan Hotel in Grand Bassa County. The workshop brought together 30 participants from members of the Task Force.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2018, the Assistant Political Officer at the US Embassy Mr. Daniel Bovel held discussion with the Deputy Minister for Manpower Planning, Atty. Phil Dixon and Mr. Adolphus Satiah, Director TIP Secretariat about a plan visit of two officials from the JTIP office of the State Department about a possible meeting with the Minister of Labour and Chairman of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce on the current effort by Government in addressing human trafficking. Right after the meeting with the Labour Minister, a round table meeting waswill be held amongst NGOs and civil society institutions as well aswith members and/ focal persons of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce on June 21, 2018.
  • On June 11, 2018 the TIP Secretariat held a meeting with Clifford Aims, Senior Police Advisor, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the United States Embassy, IDLO Country Director, Theresa Mugadza on the status of the National Action Plan and Government’s effort in addressing human trafficking in Liberia.
  • On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the TIP Secretariat held discussion with two officials from the office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State on the level of implementation of Liberia’s Action Plan in the fight against human trafficking in the country.
  • On June 22-29, 2018 the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) travelled to Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties to assess the capacity of law enforcement officers in the fight against human trafficking in Liberia and carry out a mapping exercise on the level of human trafficking activities taking place in these areas..
  • On July 24-25, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with IDLO travelled to Nimba and Bong Counties to establish the TIP County platform of the Anti- Human Trafficking Taskforce.
  • The Government of Liberia, through the National Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce on July 30th 2018 celebrated for the first time in Liberia, World Day against Trafficking in Persons under the Theme ‘’ Responding to the Trafficking of Children and Young People’’.
  • On September 20, 2018, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) travelled to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County to establish the TIP county platform of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce.
  • A one day stakeholder strategy working session for the development of a communication plan for public awareness to deal with trafficking in persons held October10, 2018 at Murex Plaza, in Sinkor, Monrovia.
  • On October 23-25, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with IDLO travelled to Voinjama, Lofa County to establish the TIP County platform of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce.
  • On November 5-9, 2018, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with ILO Abuja and the Free Movement and Migration of Persons in West Africa held a four day workshop for stakeholders of the Anti-Human Trafficking Task force at the Boulevard Palace Hotel in Sinkor.
  • On November 19-20, 2018, the Ministry of Labour hosted the Liberia National Labour Conference, under the theme ‘’A Decent Workforce under One Labour Law’’. During the conference the National Referral Mechanism document was endorsed by stakeholders of the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce.
  • On November 28, 2018, the TIP Secretariat in collaboration with IDLO hosted a validation workshop on the communication strategy in the fight against human trafficking held at the Murex Plaza Hotel in Sinkor.
  • During the period under review the National Concern Youth of Liberia (NACYOL) reported forty Eight (48) alleged cases of human trafficking to the Women and Children Section of the Liberia National Police.  
  • Liberia Association of female Sociologist (LAFSO) in 2018 conducted a Baseline Study/Survey on ‘’ A safe and just world for girls which was validated by the Government of Liberia, CSOs, international partners,  as well as its funding partner, Equality Now. The survey investigated harmful traditional practice, sexual violence and human trafficking 

Training/Conference:

  • The Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat, Mr. Adolphus G. Satiah participated in a four day Training for Law Enforcement Expects involved in the combat of Trafficking in Persons within ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania from the 12-16 November, 2018 in Lome, Togo.
  • The Assistant Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat, Mr. Alex Tosia participated in ECOWAS Annual Technical meeting of Member States Focal Institution on Counter Trafficking in Persons in Abuja from the 26-28 November 2018.
  • The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Government of Liberia through the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce conducted a three day workshop for the development of a new five year National Action Plan. The workshop was held in Ganta, Nimba County from January 30-February 1, 2019.

Human Trafficking Cases: (Prosecution)

  • The long awaited case between the Government of Liberia and Madam Hawa Bangura, a Sierra Leonean national has ended at the Criminal Court A. Madam Bangura was convicted and sentenced to prison for eight years at the Monrovia Central Prison.
  • The alleged human trafficking case involving complaint Marthaline Johnson vs Edwin Walker (defendant) was forwarded to the Criminal Court A for prosecution by the Liberia National Police. The case has been placed on the docket of the court awaiting trial.
  • A human trafficking case involving Mr. Revival Wobo Sam, 32 years old, a Nigerian national of the Global Ministries Outreach Church in Caldwell-Dixville was forwarded to Criminal Court A for prosecution by the WACPS of the Liberia National Police for the    alleged trafficking of a 15 years old Liberian girl to Nigeria.
  • An alleged human trafficking case involving Complainant Anthony K. Selma vs. defendants Aletha Bryant and Patricia Dweh allegedly trafficked a 13 years old girl to the United States of America. The case was forwarded to Criminal Court A for prosecution.
  • An alleged human trafficking case involving complainant David Samukai vs. Sarah Padmore was forwarded to the Criminal Court A for prosecution by the WACPS of the Liberia National Police. It was alleged that defendant Padmore allegedly trafficked a two years old child to the Republic of Ireland.