Eye of the Child, a local nongovernmental organisation aimed at improving the welfare of children says Balaka and Machinga is topping in child trafficking of under-age girls to cities and towns for prostitution.
The organisation’s executive director Maxwell Matewere told the media Saturday that out of 89 girls rescued in the last year by his organisation from prostitution, 57 are from the two districts.
Matewere said the girls his organisation rescued are all less than 18 years of age, raising fears that the two districts might join districts ranked with the highest rate of girl child drop out.
He also said some girls in the district below the age of 18 drop out of school for early marriages.
Nyasa Times has noted that some bar owners have massively recruited girls, some of them under age, to work in bars as a money generating venture during this festive season of Christmas and New Year.
The girls hang out with older men for sex, prompting some concerned Malawians to ask if the ministry of Gender, Child Welfare and the Elderly could not have a sweeping exercise in the major cities to free the girls from the prostitution slavery.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :