Malawi govt admits caught pants down on child trafficking to South Africa

By | August 3, 2016

Home Affairs minister Jappie Mhango has conceded the government was caught pants down, snoozing when South African authorities caught three child traffickers with 82 children aboard a cargo vehicle.

Jappie: We were sleepy

Jappie: We were sleepy

“As a ministry, we are dealing with this emerging problem, we never expected that the problem would be this huge,” he said on Tuesday.

Mhango said this was a complex matter because the human traffickers are usually very sophisticated.

“We are working with the ministry of Information to provide civic education to the people on this emerging problem,” he said.

Nyasa Times has information which indicate that the human traffickers and most of the children trafficked are from Mangochi.

Mangochi police spokesperson Rodrick Maida said said there is no complaint of a missing child in the district.

“Could be the trafficking is done in collaboration with the parents, we suspect that the traffickers pay the parents some money,” said Maida.

All the three suspected traffickers are in police custody in South Africa.

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