The Liberia Council of Churches has condemned in the strongest term what it calls the immoral and inhumane act by a Lebanese national Jaafar Bashir, who was charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP) for multiple criminal charges of statutory rape, including endangering welfare of children and interfering with child custody, among others.
The Council called on the Ministry of Justice and the judicial branch of government responsible for the adjudication of the case to ensure that justice is served to the affected children and their families, who have been innocently abused by a Lebanese predator masked as a businessman. Jaafar Bashir, 43, is also reported to have sexually assaulted children between ages 4 and 14.
In a press release signed by its Acting President Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, the LCC also called on the Ministries of Gender, Health and Social Welfare; the United Nations and other related agencies to ensure that the affected children are physically and psychologically catered for, to enable them recover and live normal and peaceful lives again.
The Council of Churches said it is believed that 90 percent of teenagers in the country are involved in trading sex for money. The LCC has meanwhile pledged support to the anti-rape campaign launched by the Gender Ministry, saying it looks forward to working with the ministry and the Inter-religious Council of Liberia on ways to strengthen the involvement of the religious community in such national effort to securing the future of Liberian children.