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Liberia’s House of Representative Cites Gender & LNP Authorities over Children Street Selling

The Honorable House of Representatives- HOR, has cited authorities of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the Liberia National Police- LNP to ascertain reasons why they have not taken action to curtail street selling by Children in the Country.

The plenary decision was reached Thursday following a communication from Bong County District 6 Representative, Moima Briggs- Mensah.

 “Honorable members, few months ago we commemorated the 16 days of Activism as a country; thereby, alarming all harmful practices and violations against women and children over the past years and finding means to eradicating these challenges”, she said.

Representative Briggs- Mensah said while the legislature strives to curtail the menace, the number of violations against Children’s rights in Liberia has rapidly increased with a specific interest in the number of children involved in Street Selling.

“Few years ago, I wrote this august body alarming the increase in child prostitution, and when the Minster of Gender, Children and Social Protection was called, she blamed it on low budgetary allocation, and now there’s another increase of violation against our children”, she added.

The lawmaker said seeing children in the street selling is saddening and it is only important that authorities of institutions are invited to ascertain reasons and take legislative action to curtail these circumstances during the budgetary period.

“It’s my fervent hope that plenary take prompt action on this issue as it is important to protect the future leaders of our beloved state”, Rep. Mensah narrated.

Meanwhile, both authorities of the Gender Ministry and Liberian National Police are expected to appear next week Thursday.

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