President responds to issues raised in NN reporting in the State of the Nation address. January 2011

Four months after NN reporting first caused an uproar in Liberia and the Diaspora by exposing the widespread reliance on prostitution by children as young as 9 to survive Liberia President Johnson Sirleaf has talked of the issues in her annual State of the Nation address.

Saying she was keenly aware of how important Liberia’s youth – two thirds of the population – was to the country’s future she called for police to better enforce laws to protect young girls. She called on legislators to pass proposed bills on child protection.

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