28 October 2016 Last updated at: 10:14 AM

Two jailed for trafficking 75 people

Police in the capital city of Lilongwe are keeping in custody two men for attempting to traffic 75 people to South Africa.

Lilongwe police publicist Kingsley Dandaula confirmed the arrest of the two men identified as Santon Abudula and Yusuf Abudula.

Dandaula said the two suspects were hiding the victims in a single house in Area 15 waiting for the day to smuggle them out of the country.

human-trafficking-1-140203cThe publicist further said some people in the area queried the presence of the group in the house and tipped the police who launched investigations.

It was later established that the victims started living in the house on October 13 and were to be taken to South Africa.

The group was told that a bus to take them to the rainbow nation broke down in Mozambique but was to come days later hence they had to stay in the house for some days.

But the police found that most of the victims had no proper traveling documents and had no money to help them when out in the country.

Meanwhile police have urged the general public to refrain from traveling out the country using unchartered routes which could harm them.

Santon Abudula hails from Masindi village in the area of Traditional Authority Malemia in Zomba while Yusuf Abudula hails from Mchokola village, in the area of Traditional Authority Kawinga in Machinga and the two will soon appear before court to answer charges of attempted human trafficking.