Mchinji first grade magistrate Arthur Mtalimanja has called for collaboration to end cases of human trafficking which are on the rise in the district.
He made the call in Mchinji on Wednesday during a human trafficking awareness meeting for stakeholders and duty-bearers organised by Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM).
Mtalimanja said people like bicycle taxi operators, commonly known as Kabaza, and transport operators unlawfully assist traffickers to take people out of the country illegally.
“There have been incidents where Kabaza operators transport these people who are promised lucrative jobs in Zambia and Mozambique but end up being dumped and exploited,” he said.
The magistrate also warned people who aid and abet trafficking of persons that they will be punished in accordance with the Trafficking in Persons Act.
EAM monitoring and evaluation officer Andrew Mlota said through the citizen participation and policy engagement project, the association has embarked on awareness campaigns on human trafficking.
Meanwhile, pastors in Mchinji will embark on awareness campaigns from August 22 to 24, 2018 in the district to raise awareness on human trafficking.
According to Mchinji Police Station deputy spokesperson Rome Chauluka, cases of trafficking are on the increase in the district.