Malawi Police in Phalombe has confirmed they intercepted eight boys who were traveling to Mozambique for labour exploitation.
The eight whose ages range from 14 to 19 years old were riding in their bicycles, police have said.
Phalombe police Public Relations Officer, Sub-Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times that it was members of community policing around Mitekete Trading Centre in the district who noticed the boys.
“They intervened and stopped them before reporting the issue to Police. The boys confessed they were going to Mozambique to look for peace work in tobacco fields, citing issues of poverty as a driving force for their decisions to embark on such a dangerous journey,” explained Nkhwazi.
Meanwhile, the boys are being held at Phalombe police station for repatriation to their respective homes upon invitation of their parents for counseling.
They hail from Nkolokosa and Mwembere villages in the area of Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :