Mangochi police station public relations officer Amina Tepani Daudi says police in the district have arrested two Mozambican nationals for trafficking six young Malawian men into Mozambique.
Daudi says the incident occurred on September 14, 2021, at Kalanje crossing border point in Katuli.
“The suspects have been identified as Batisha Kasimu, 34, Malulukusha Village and White Alick, 31, Mtembo Village, Lichinga district in Mozambique. On this material day, Mobile Border Police officers who were manning the said point were tipped by members of the community that the said suspects were hidden at a place close to the border with some people whom they wanted to take into Mozambique. The officers managed to intercept eight people coming in pairs and immediately all were stopped for questioning,” Daudi says.
Daudi adds, ” After being quizzed, the six victims, aged between 19 and 28, revealed that they were being taken to Mozambique from Balaka to do piecework in farms where they would be paid K100,000 per month.”
Meanwhile, the suspects have been charged with trafficking in persons contrary to Section 14(1) of the Trafficking in Persons Act.
The two suspects will appear in court soon to answer their charges.
According to statistics, this is the second case of human trafficking to be registered this year in the district compared to eight cases that were recorded in the same period last year.
Daudi says the victims have been rescued and plans are in progress to send them back to their respective homes with the help of the Love Justice organization.