Police in Kakata, Liberia are investigating a 29-year-old woman, Patience Paye, for kidnapping after she attempted to sell her stepson for $15,000. Paye, a resident of Johnsonville in Montserrado County, attempted to sell 7-year-old Jacob Kamara, whose father is her boyfriend. The incident occurred after the boy’s father, Morris Kamara, a power saw operator, allegedly mismanaged over $10,000 of Paye’s money during their two-year relationship.
According to Paye, Kamara had promised to marry her after they fell in love two years ago, leading her to invest more than $10,000 in a joint plank business with him in Grand Capemount. However, the business resulted in a total lost. Paye stated that after losing her business money, Kamara said he no longer had interest in the relationship, which prompted her to negotiate selling his son to get back in business.
The incident has caused concern among residents and child welfare organizations, who are calling for harsher penalties for those who engage in such criminal activities. The police have stated that they are conducting a thorough investigation and that anyone found guilty will be held accountable to the full extent of the law.