Zambia rescues four Malawian girls

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Immigration officers at Kenneth Kaunda International airport in Zambia have rescued four girls believed to have been trafficked from Malawi.

human-trafficking-1-140203cAccording to the spokesperson for Mchinji border Andida Mando, the four girls were dropped at the airport on Wednesday morning in order to board a plane to an overseas country.

Mando added that the officers questioned the abductor, who gave contradictory statements on why he was taking the girls abroad.

The suspect told the officers that the girls were in Zambia to attend a funeral but later he changed the statement and said he was an agent helping girls secure a job in Kuwait.

The Zambian government has since sent back the girls to Malawi and the suspect is expected to be handed over to Malawi police for further questioning.

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  1. Good work Zambia, am proud of you, thus being a good brotherhood, malawians learn from this, we Zambians we are being mistreat by immigration and police officers, they are good fought finders and they make us pay them money, too much intimidation, we are one.

  2. Kkkkkkkk sorry guys maka kwaophedwawa akanayenela atachitapo kanthu, dziko la Malawi aaaaaaaa ufulu unachuluka Mozambique pofunika nkhondo bas

  3. Boma for sure liku dziwapo kannthu padzaku phedwa kwanthu ndikugwizana nawe Chikondi Waloya since when ma albino akha akuphedwa mpakana pano no solution

  4. Boma for sure liku dziwapo kannthu padzaku phedwa kwanthu ndikugwizana nawe Chikondi Waloya since when ma albino akha akuphedwa mpakana pano no solution

  5. Boma for sure liku dziwapo kannthu padzaku phedwa kwanthu ndikugwizana nawe Chikondi Waloya since when ma albino akha akuphedwa mpakana pano no solution

  6. Kkkkk,chitetezo KuMalawi, apolice ogwila vakabu, ndi akuba nkhuku pepa Malawi wapita basi, pano zanyanya, kodi mchiyani AMalawi, kodi atsogoleli mkukhala omangotoza anzao, Panyapako Malawi iiinde ndikunena iweee Iwe Malawi, nzeru zinatha bola ku IGUPUTO komkuja zobwelazi zatitha basi

  7. Kukapulumukira kwa eni, sanapita basi Mulungu simunthu . Zikupatseni uthenga wakuti People on power are not caring about others mmalo mwake Ali busy kukhutitsa mimba zawo . Basi kungosamala zaiwo ndi abale awo ochepa. No wonder ma arbino akuphedwa ngati nyama popanda ochitapo kanthu . Mwinaso ndiomweo akupanga umfitiwu , bola ndalankhula mukafuna moyo wanga ndi zanu bola mwamva chilungamo. Paja kupha anthu osalakwa ndi khalidwe lanu . Where is Chasowa and Jauju. Muli magazi mmanja mwanu anthu opanda chilungamo inu

  8. Kukapulumukira kwa eni, sanapita basi Mulungu simunthu . Zikupatseni uthenga wakuti People on power are not caring about others mmalo mwake Ali busy kukhutitsa mimba zawo . Basi kungosamala zaiwo ndi abale awo ochepa. No wonder ma arbino akuphedwa ngati nyama popanda ochitapo kanthu . Mwinaso ndiomweo akupanga umfitiwu , bola ndalankhula mukafuna moyo wanga ndi zanu bola mwamva chilungamo. Paja kupha anthu osalakwa ndi khalidwe lanu . Where is Chasowa and Jauju. Muli magazi mmanja mwanu anthu opanda chilungamo inu

  9. The issue of human trafficking will never end unless there is a concerted effort to stop the malaise of corruption that prevails among all sectors in Malawi. I was one day travelling on a Zambia bound bus when somewhere around Likasi in Mchinji we found an impromptu roadblock mounted by the immigration officers. When they searched the bus they found a teenage girl in the company of a Zambian lady who was going to Lusaka. The Malawian girl was not related to the Zambian lady but she (the Zambian lady) said had been sent by her friend to take the girl to her sister. After almost an hour of detention the bus was finally released with the girl on board. It later transpired that the the Immigration Officers had demanded that the lady pay MK 20,000 for them to allow her to take the poor girl with her, which she did with no receipt issued.

    At Mchinji border it was the same scenario. The lady was advised by the bus crew to use uncharted route because according to them the Mchinji officials were going to demand more than what their colleagues at the roadblock. Eventually the girl managed to go as far as Lusaka due to the corrupt tendencies of the immigration officers and the loopholes in Malawi’s border sytem arrangements where you can manage to beat the system even right there at the border.

    I must add here that there were people on the bus who tried to force the Zambian woman to let the girl go back to Blantyre where she had been picked from, but the bus agents argued saying it was none of anybody’s business. Mind you these agents were all Malawians who escort the bus all the way to the border so as to make all the palm oiling along the way.

    Only if the authorities can desist from corrupt practices can the fight against human trafficking be won. It is a waste of time and energy to continue making noise against the vice when there is nothing on the ground to prove that there is political will to end the same. I must add here that Malawi is the one of the few countries where money overrules authority. We have people from other countries working illegally, doing business illegally and even acquiring land illegally at the expense of bona fide Malawians just because they have the financial muscle to grease those in authority, what a shame.

    Even the politicians are part of the corruption garbage. They never seem to take the corruption fight seriously because they know when their political survival hinges on that too. Malawi will continue to lag behind in both economic and social development due the corruption malaise. We need to wake up and take the responsibility upon ourselves to fight corruption in all spheres regardless of our political affiliations.