Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has hinted at efforts being put in place in order to bring back 57 children who were transported to South Africa against their wish.
The 57 children, 18 girls and 39 boys, survived hell on Tuesday after South African police in Rustenburg, North Western Province intercepted a truck that was transporting them. They were then taken to a safe place where they are being taken care of.
Speaking to BBC Focus on Africa yesterday, Mutharika bemoaned the rise in cases of child trafficking. His concern was strengthened by his assurance to have the act uprooted having passed legislation on human trafficking last year.
“My government is very concerned about that, we are fighting that. People [are] being taken outside the country but also within the country children are being taken to tobacco estates,” said Mutharika
The president added that efforts have been put in place to bring back those that have been so lucky to run away from facing the ugly face of human trafficking.
“Our high commission in South Africa is working on this and I have instructed the foreign minister to take the lead, first we have to make sure those children are well and then find a way to bring them back,” he said.
Reports indicate that three men are currently in police custody and will face trial for human trafficking. The victims are within the age range of 11 years to 21 years.