Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a press briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, the Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Madam Isata Mahoi, and the Minister of Social Welfare, Madam Melrose Karminty, called on the First Lady, Fatima Jabbie Bio, to prioritize the severe challenges posed by human trafficking.
During the briefing, Minister Isata Mahoi reminded the First Lady that human trafficking and smuggling pose a significant threat to adolescent girls, women, and other youth in the country. She emphasized that when these young girls are trafficked or smuggled out of the country, they often face sexual exploitation, become pregnant, and end up in irresponsible and abusive situations.
Minister Mahoi urged the First Lady to take proactive measures, including establishing a platform to address human trafficking in the country. She highlighted that this issue is also connected to the First Lady’s November 18 celebration of adolescent girls in the United Nations. “This is a dire situation,” Madam Mahoi emphasized.
The Minister of Gender further underscored the importance of raising awareness about the sexual abuse and rape experienced by people with disabilities. AJ/8/11/2023