On Friday, July 30, 2021, Liberia joined nations around the world in celebrating World Day Against Human Trafficking.
This year’s celebration was under the theme: “Victim’s Voices Lead the Way.”
Programs commemorating the day took place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The day underscored the importance of survivors of human trafficking around the world and how state actors can develop policies to tackle the problem.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Robert Budy, served as keynote speaker.
At the same time, President George Weah affirmed that the Liberian government will continue to exercise the political will and provide the necessary support to combat and eradicate human trafficking.
The Liberian leader, however, said, “Human trafficking and its socio-psychological consequences remain a challenge, particularly in a post conflict developing country like Liberia, and resource intensity, logical constraint and porous border management among others, are daunting challenges in the fight against social vices.”
The President’s remark was contained in a special declaration issued by the Executive Mansion on Thursday, July 29, 2021, to commemorate World Day Against Human Trafficking.
The Liberian Chief Executive reminded the world that the Liberian government allocated US $150,000, plus an additional $200,000 to enhance the work of the trafficking task force.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking-In-Persons, to raise awareness about the situation of victims and the promotion and protection of their rights.