MCHINJI (Mana) –Chairperson of the Child Case Review Board, Fiona Mwale, has warned students in Mchinji against being fooled by people who offer to secure them jobs outside the country, saying most of them are human traffickers.
Mwale, who is a judge of the High Court of Malawi, issued the warning at Mchinji Secondary School on Thursday when Eye of the Child, organised a Talk With The Students session as one way of observing 16 days of activism against violence with an emphasis on violence against women, children and child trafficking.
She said some young people have been victims of human traffickers after being offered good jobs and education, only to end up being exploited and abused.
Said Mwale: “As young people staying in a border district, you are prone to being trafficked or abducted by unknown people. Make sure you remain safe and work hard in school other than looking for ways to get rich fast.”
She said women and children are usually victims of sexual exploitation and some have had their body organs removed by the abductors, saying women should ensure that they are not vulnerable to such acts.
Mwale then called on young people to report suspected trafficking cases to police and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) involved in anti-trafficking.
She said the newly enacted law against human trafficking would take its course on the perpetrators.
Eye of the Child project coordinator Sekanawo Mwatibu said her organisation has programmes aimed at protecting children from abuse and violations.
She said children need to be protected from all forms of abuse such as sexual abuse, child labour and physical abuse among others.
Mchinji Police Station Victim Support Unit deals with cases of children and youths being abducted and trafficked to neighbouring Zambia every month, where they are exploited as child labourers.