The Malawi United States Exchange Alumni Association (Museaa) says human trafficking has reached dangerous proportions in the country; hence, urgent steps need to be taken to combat it.
Museea, a group of people who studied in United States, on Thursday invited experts who sensitised pupils from eight primary and secondary schools in Karonga to the dangers of human trafficking.
A lot of human trafficking activities in the North take place in Karonga where the media have reported several cases on the matter.
Speaking at the function, a Museaa member,Â who is also Nkhata Bay first grade magistrate, Sophie Chimaliro, said there is need to mete out stiff sentences to perpetrators as one way of deterring would-be offenders.
Recalling an incident where two children went missing, a senior citizen and one of the village heads in the district, Kapote Mwakasungula, said human trafficking can be traumatic.
â€œAs I am talking to you now, those children are still missing and their mothers are traumatised,â€ said Mwakasungula.
He said human trafficking is difficult to eradicate because it is a lucrative business.
Chairperson of Museaa Mzuzu Chapter, Allan Kanyundwe, said his organisation will intensify campaigns against human trafficking to save people, especially children, from abuse.
The United States Embassy funded the meeting with students in Karonga.