The Deputy Minister of Labor for Manpower and Development Planning, Phil Dixon, has warned that Liberians should not be exploited while in search of opportunities.

“We are aware that there are people who go out there for people's kids in the rural areas to bring them to Monrovia, and they are not being treated well by giving them the kind of benefits they deserve,” he said.

Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Thursday, Mr. Dixon said the Ministry of Labor is working with its partners to ensure that the issue of child trafficking is eradicated from Liberia.

Minister Dixon disclosed that when the new government took over at the ministry, they realized that there was a huge gap in terms of the unmet needs for child justice.

Consequently, Dixon pointed out, the Ministry of Labor has begun to put in place a process that will enable speedy redress of issues relating to child justice.

He said due to the recent process that was put in place, the ministry was able to address some issues last month relative to the case involving 17 Liberians who were dismissed by a foreign NGO, adding that “based on the reports from both sides, we were able to rule for the reinstatement of those Liberians."

“No matter how big your issue or situation is, it is the duty of the ministry to look into your concern in keeping with the law,” he added.

 

Dixon then called on citizens who are involved in acts of child trafficking to desist, as the law will deal with them when caught in such act.

 

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