National Security Agency (NSA) Officer Sentenced To 25 Years For Human Trafficking

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An officer of the National Security Agency of Liberia (NSA) has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for trafficking two Liberian ladies to Oman. According to the indictment, defendant Arthur Chancha, age 58, and his brother, Samuel Chancha, conspired and misled the two ladies into believing they had job opportunities in Dubai with attractive salaries ranging from $500 to $1,000 per month.

During the proceedings, Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’ stated that while the defendant had no prior criminal records, as per a probationer report presented by the Ministry of Justice, his actions as a security personnel were unacceptable. The judge went on to say that the defendant had no right to have assisted and conspired with his brother, who is currently in Dubai.

The guilty verdict was triggered by an earlier indictment of Defendant Arthur Chancha by the grand jury of Montserrado County on November 2, 2022, for criminal trafficking in persons. In keeping with section 5 ‘A’ of the trafficking in persons law, Judge Willie ordered the defendant to pay the sum of $100,000 and instructed him to restitute the victims’ money in the amount of $5,000.

Following the guilty verdict, the defense counsel, Cllr. Sennay Carlos, announced plans to appeal the case to the honorable Supreme Court of Liberia for redress. The counsel argued that the defendant had been denied a fair trial and that the verdict was based on insufficient evidence.

The case has sparked widespread condemnation from human rights groups and the general public, with many calling for stricter laws and harsher punishments for traffickers. The sentence serves as a reminder that the government is committed to tackling the problem of human trafficking and that those who engage in such activities will be held accountable for their actions.

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