Body decries increasing cases of child trafficking in Malawi

Blantyre: People Saving Girls at Risk, an organization that advocates for the rights and welfare of children has decried the increase in child trafficking in the country saying annually the organization records 200 cases of similar nature.

Board Chairperson for People Saving Girls at Risk, Margret Ali made the remarks on Friday during the commemoration of Child Protection Trafficking Day at Lunzu Primary School ground in Blantyre.

At least 200 are the cases that we register but we believe they are many that go unreported. This is sad and of course a serious issue because children get traumatized with the events they are exposed to after being trafficked, she said.

Ali attributed the situation to lack of civic education among the communities on the need to guard their children from being trafficked.

Most parents allow their children to go to countries or other places within Malawi to work in an attempt to support their big family but once they get to such places they don’t even get the job they were promised and instead they are abused.

As such, we are sensitizing parents, guardians as well as children themselves through the campaign which started on July 30 to August 30,2018 on the need for concerned parties to desist from indulging in such behavior, the Board Chair added.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) Child Rights Officer, George Mahamba said trafficking of children and young people are not only rampant in the country but globally.

He pointed out that for this reason that MHRC continues to institute several initiatives to control the vice, which among them, include sensitization campaigns to the communities and also working together with different stakeholders such as police to combat the vice.

We know that these traffickers come with very tempting promises to entice children and young people and what we need to do is to intensify sensitization campaigns to traditional leaders, parents and the community on the need to prevent our children from being trafficked, Mahamba noted.

He explained that, On the other hand, human trafficking is a criminal act that is why apart from working with other organizations including People Saving Girls at Risk, we work closely with the police.

Protection of Child Trafficking Day commemoration was held under the theme: ‘Responding to the trafficking of children and young people.’

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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