The Liberia National Police has arrested, charged and sent to court a 29-year–old Sierra Leonean national, Mr. Mohammed Jalloh Massaquoi for allegedly attempting to sell his son aged10.
Speaking to investigators of the LNP and the Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce of Liberia in the new established Trafficking In-Persons Unit at the police headquarters, Massaquoi said he came to Liberia along with his son to have him sold to enable him pay for a motorbike belonging to a friend that got stolen from him.
Mr. Massaquoi, who put the cost of the motorbike at 11 million Leones, said he has paid an amount of 1 million Leones with the balance of 1 million Leones to be paid. He said he was informed by some friends in his home country that in Liberia there were people looking for human beings to buy.
He maintained that upon hearing that, he immediately embarked on a travel to Liberia to sell the little boy to generate the balance 10 million Leones to enable him pay for the motorcycle.
Massaquoi added that upon his arrival in Liberia with his son on December 16, 2021, they went to a relative in Cotton Tree, Margibi County where he met one Mr. Momo Kamara who promised to help him find a buyer for his son.
He said Momo Kamara advised him not to refer to the boy as human being, but rather as chicken. When asked as to what is the cost of the child by Mr. Kamara, Massaquoi said that he is not familiar with the Liberian Dollars to United States Dollars exchange rate and therefore he could not price the boy.
He said that he asked Mr. Kamara to spearhead the negotiation that will be profitable to the both of them.
Mr. Massaquoi was arrested Thursday, December 30, 2021 when he and Momo Kamara were awaiting the buyer at a drinking spot in Cotton Tree by officers of the Liberia National Police.
Also speaking, the head of the TIP Unit of the police, Chief Inspector of Police, Joseph B. Washington said that Mr. Massaquoi was arrested through the network of the LNP in Margibi County.
The child is said to be currently in the care of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.