Ministry unaware of Malawian man’s arrest in Mozambique

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The Ministry of Home Affairs is expressing ignorance of a BBC report which reveals that a truck driver has been arrested in Mozambique for human trafficking.

According to the report the 25 year old man whose name has not been disclosed was heading to South Africa with 27 people inside his lorry – including a child – when he was stopped by police in the Machanga district of south-eastern Mozambique.

The man has been formally charged with human trafficking and faces procedural and criminal charges.

A police spokesperson told journalists that the man and his human cargo had entered Mozambique through the Bibi border, in western Tete province.

Speaking in an interview with Capital FM however Spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, Rejoice Shumba asked for more time to find out about the matter.

Malawi is primarily a source country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution within the country and abroad.

Most Malawian trafficking victims are exploited internally, though Malawian victims of sex and labour trafficking have also been identified in South AfricaZambiaMozambiqueTanzania, and parts of Europe.

Exploited girls and women become “bar girls” at local bars and rest houses where they are coerced to have sex with customers in exchange for room and board.

 

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