Amid growing cases of child trafficking, police in Zomba have apprehended 26-year-old Ernest Moses for allegedly trafficking six boys to work on commercial farms in Mozambique.
Zomba Police Station spokesperson Patricia Sipiliano confirmed this yesterday, saying the law enforcers rescued the children after receiving a tip-off from concerned villagers.
This is the third reported child trafficking incident in Zomba in recent weeks.
Said Sipiliano: “After the tip-off we instituted investigations and managed to trace the suspect. Fortunately, he cooperated with us after getting in touch with him and telling him that what he did was a crime.”
The police spokesperson said the six children, who are aged between 14 and 17, have since returned home and are reunited with their parents and the suspect has been charged with the offence of child trafficking contrary to section 79 of the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act.
The accused, who comes from Mango Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwambo in the district, is said to have told police he took the boys with their parents’ consent after an agreeing that they would be sending home money every month.
The development follows other cases of child trafficking in Phalombe where police rescued 35 children in August this year and arrested 15 suspects while in Blantyre 20 children were liberated as they were being trafficked to Mangochi to work at a farm. n