The hearing for the alleged human trafficking and gang rape case involving fourteen Liberian girls and Lebanese businessman Abbas El Debes has been postponed for the second time.
A man believed to be in his 20s was caught early Monday morning stuck between the window bars of the budget office at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy.
The Ministry of Gender recently coordinated a trip with several journalists and the Ministry of Justice to the safe house containing the 14 Liberian women who were allegedly trafficked to Lebanon and used as sex slaves.
The Liberia National Police, LNP recently charged and sent to court for prosecution the publisher of the Women Voices Newspaper, Helen Nah, and her accomplice Joshua Osadagbonyi, an information technology technician at the United Bank of Africa, on charges of theft of property, aiding consummation of crime, criminal facilitation, money laundering and forgery.
As Liberia returns to normalcy after the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak, other areas of societal dysfunction have started to resurface. International groups such as the United Nations have expressed alarm at the resurgence of rapes after the Ebola outbreak.
Liberia’s weak law enforcement capacity, porous borders, and its proximity to major drug transit routes have contributed to an increase in drug trafficking, according to the 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report published by the United States State Department.
As the United Nations Mission in Liberia draws to a close, the government is setting up a nationwide Community Watch Forum as a means of maintaining peace and security.
Liberia’s justice system still lags in dispensing justice for victims of sexual assaults. At the recent launch of the HeForShe campaign in Monrovia, Vice President Joseph Boakai publicly announced that women lacked access to justice and rule of law. Rape cases are on the rise in Liberia, with many perpetrators going free without prosecution.