Malawi Police hunts for Dzaleka Refugee Camp trafficker

Malawi Police are hunting for a suspected human trafficker who is operating from Dzaleka Refugee Camp.

Refugees at the overcrowded Dzaleka camp

The development comes barely some weeks after the same police launched investigations into some Somali nationals who are alleged to be behind a cartel trafficking humans through a mosque at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa.

Dowa Police Station publicist Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda said in an interview on Wednesday that the law enforcers got a tip-off from the public that a certain man had trafficked 11 Ethiopian national whom he was keeping in a house where he constantly provided them with food supplies.

Kaponda said the 11 were netted at Dzaleka Refugee Camp last week on October 16, 2017, around 23:00 pm.

“The illegal immigrants revealed to the police that they have been locked in the house in Dzaleka Refugee Camp since October 05, 2017.

The suspects also added that they were going to South Africa to their relatives to look for greener pasture. The suspects are aged between 16 and 26,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the immigrants have been remanded to Maula Prison pending for further investigations while the police hunt for the trafficker.


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