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Justice promised Liberian women maltreated in Lebanon

8 September 2015 at 00:46 | 887 views

By PV Staff.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia (photo) has assured 14 Liberian young ladies who recently returned home from Lebanon that her administration would do everything possible to ensure that justice prevails and those held accountable for their ordeal face the full weight of the law.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader was speaking on Monday, August 31, 2015 in the cabinet room of her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia when the 14 young ladies who recently returned to Liberia paid a courtesy call on her to show appreciation for government’s efforts that paved the way for their return home.

She informed the young ladies they did not deserve the kind of treatment meted out to them in Lebanon " in the light of the circumstances under which they were lured out of the country in search of uncertain greener pasture."

The Liberian leader promised that her government through the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection would work with them in identifying "areas of interest aimed at self-empowerment."

The Liberian chief executive called on the young ladies to exercise patience in view of the usually long drawn out judicial process. She was quick to add that in respect of the independence of that branch of Government it would be wise to follow the process in order for justice to be done.

Speaking on behalf of their colleagues, three of the young ladies thanked President Sirleaf for her personal interest in ensuring their successful return and expressed the hope that government would accelerate the return of their colleagues still trapped in Lebanon.

Contrary to media speculations, all 14 young ladies appear healthy while at a safe location under ‘witness protection’.

Stories of African women and girls badly treated in Lebanon are quite common. They are usually promised jobs as nannies and house maids only to end up being regularly beaten, given little or no food and without being paid for their services for months and even years. Some are treated as sex slaves.