The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: BNI Officer Linked to Sex Trade, Human Trafficking

Details emerging from the ongoing police investigation into a sex trade and human trafficking case involving two Lebanese nationals here, have linked the Chief Inspector of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Jebah Jabateh.

Two Lebanese, Anthony Kassabli, and his 81-year-old dad, Edmund Dib Kassabli, were arrested by the Liberia National Police for human trafficking and sex trade after they imported seven foreign girls from Morocco and Tunisia to Monrovia to carry on the trade.

Anthony is the manager of his father's business center, the Moulin Rouji Restaurant on Center Street in Monrovia where he took the girls and used them girls as sex slaves. Police report says the girls' passports were sized by Anthony Kassabli at the Roberts International Airport immediately upon arrival in Liberia.

But Anthony revealed in his statement to police that three of the victims' passports were given to the BIN Chief Inspector Jebah Jabateh. He however, failed to state reasons for giving the passports to the top immigration officer.

Jabateh is reportedly facing suspension for what the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization terms failure to do due diligence on duty. He is said to be among three other BIN officers, who were suspended a week ago. The senior BIN officer is said to be a personal friend of suspect Anthony Kassabli, and usually assist Anthony in executing his clandestine business operations.

Meanwhile, one of the victims of the sex trade has confirmed to police investigators in Monrovia that Anthony and Jabateh took away their passports after they arrived in Liberia. According to her, Anthony ill-treated them, while they were working at the Moulin Rouji Restaurant on Center Street, Monrovia.

The Liberia National Police has prevailed on immigration authorities here to produce Jabateh to the police Women and Children Section (WACPS) to ascertain claims made by suspect Anthony Kassabli concerning the three passports.

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