A 35-year-old Burundian has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for abducting and employing into his sexual business, young girls aged between 12 and 15.
Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court heard that on September 8 2015, the convict, Bukulu John, who lives at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, persuaded the girls to come with him to Lilongwe, telling them they would be offered good jobs.
However, contrary to this arrangement, the victims disclosed in court that they were taken to Chinsapo in Lilongwe where they were locked up in a house. They said when night fell the convict come with two men who sexually abused them. This happened twice that night. The court also heard that the girls’ mothers informed police about the missing girls and they instituted investigations.
The girls, who managed to escape from the convict’s house, were found stranded at Chinsapo. This development prompted police in Dowa to charge the convict with abduction contrary to Section 263 of the Penal Code and Section 78 (1) of the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act.