An Islamic cleric and scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Sumaworo, has decried the high level of prostitution and child trafficking in the country. Delivering his sermon to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan yesterday, Sheikh Sumaworo said it is becoming a serious public knowledge that the female child is getting astray and prostitution is now the order of the day.
He said prostitution is a serious breeding ground for the spread of HIV AIDS which is a serious killer in the world today. “HIV-AIDS is a serious killer that is destroying lives thus we must talk to our children especially the female child to behave in a manner that will not encourage prostitution,” Sheikh Sumaworo said.
Sheikh Sumaworo urged Muslim and Christian parents to talk to their female children and prevent them from prostitution, saying, ''Keep them home near you and continue to advise them about life.”
Sheikh Sumaworo who is also the Grand Mufti and Chief Imam of Liberia said another scourge currently affecting the Liberian society is the level of child trafficking in the country.
The Muslim cleric said there are people who come to the country and take children away for adoption in Europe or other developed countries, not knowing that they will be used for some ugly purpose. “Child Trafficking must be controlled and government must take drastic stance now or else-,” he said.
Sheikh Sumaworo called on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to do something about this issue and save the country and its people. He said while the parents are doing their part to talk to their children, government must do all to protect the future of the children too.
Sheikh Sumaworo earlier called on Muslims to forgive those who have hurt them as the month of Ramadan was a successful one as mandated by Allah.
He also commended Muslims for observing the Holy month of Ramadan and praying for peaceful co-existence in the country, saying, “We seriously want to praise President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians for their support to the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan.”
Muslims throughout the world observe the holy month of Ramadan once every year at a time they pray for peace and God's blessing.