4 January 2013

Liberia: Man Arrested for Child Trafficking

A man identified as Abraham James and believed to be a Sierra Leonean was arrested by some security officers on December 31, 2012 for child-trafficking. He was nabbed on Snapper Hill, Broad Street in Monrovia. The suspect, James told journalists that the father of the little girl told him to bring the little child to Monrovia to be sold.

James said he was given a total of three children to sell and these children are in Gbopolu County. He further disclosed that he has been in Monrovia for two days looking for some where to do the business of selling the children beginning with the first child who is about 9.

He told those who arrested him that two other children are under hostage in Gbopolu County but he only brought the 9-year old child to sell first in a bid to arrange business with the buyer for the sale of the others.

The private security officers who effected the arrest said the suspect asked them to show him where human beings can be sold and according to security officer Abraham Cleon who works for the Sunset Security Agency, they told the suspect that they can buy human beings.

Mr. Cleon pointed out that the suspect went and came back on a motorbike with the little girl and they began to talk business. The suspect told Officer Cleon that he was selling the little child for US$20,000 and he told him that he would be able to pay only US$1,200.

He furthered said that the suspect refused to accept the US$1200 and he told him that he would be able to paid US$1,400 as a last price.

He said following their discussion and the suspect made a phone call to let his boss know how much the buyer has agreed to pay.

Mr. Cleon said after the discussion on the phone with the man the suspect clamed is the little girl's father, the discussion came to a climax and he arrested the suspect.

The suspect was immediately turned over to the Liberia National Police (LNP) at the Center Street Police Station.

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