Police rescue five girls from sex trade

Malawi Police in Blantyre have rescued five girls from prostitution.

Girls pushed into prostitution

The girls were rescued from pubs in the commercial city of Blantyre have been sent back to their respective homes, Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer Augustus Nkhwazi told Nyasa Times.

Law-enforcers in Blantyre embarked on an exercise to rescue young girls from prostitution with support from Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM).

Nkhwazi said through the child protection desk, the exercise which began on May 9, 2018 has so far rescued five girls drinking joints in Machinjiri, Mbayani and Chirimba townships.

“The victims revealed that there is a syndicate of sex workers that goes about wooing innocent young girls to come and work in Blantyre as Kaunjika sellers or housemaids,” explained Nkhwazi.

“But when the girls come to the city, they are dumped in bars and bottle stores to find their own means of survival. As a result they end up into prostitution and are commonly known as ‘VANETTE’.

The sex workers who traffic the girls relocate to other areas once they see that the victims are used to the trade and able to survive.

The victims further reveal they fall prey into this mess due to poverty.

Meanwhile, Police are still hunting for the perpetrators who are initiating this form of internal trafficking.

“Once arrested, they will be brought before a court of law to face appropriate charges. We further reminds the general public that it is an offence punishable by law under the trafficking in persons (TIP) Act and other relevant pieces of legislation to exploit children (girls) into prostitution,” added Nkhwazi.

 

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Ndomondo
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Ndomondo

Why is it such a difficult job to rescue when police know almost all the pubs and it is very easy to find hotspots for girls?

On the other hand yesterday there was a meeting at Mkwichi Secondary School where residents of Area 32, 15, 6 and 47 gathered to bang heads on how to deal with the rampant presence of drug abuse, prostitution and alcohol abuse. Nyasatimes kindly cover that story please.

BEHESA
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BEHESA

This is a brilliant work well done. However the foundation of them to join this evil act is poverty what has CADECOM done to help these ladies from such a situation? If they have just deployed the ladies back to their homes it wont help and the process will be over and over again . Try to finish your good work by giving these ladies something like business at small scales. Or some who can manage to wish going to school CADECOM can sponsor them.

Nabetha
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Nabetha

Thank you Jesus for the work of CADECOM! It’s high time for the Rich Malawians like Chaponda and others to desist from owning so many houses at home as well as abroad and never caring about supporting human development Most young people need our support but all we dream about is buying and building houses. Two houses is all you need in life. One for you plus one for business. Let humans be our priority because when we sow to their wellbeing we are sowing to eternity. What will mater on our death bed is not the 100 properties we… Read more »

Kambewa Chisale
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No jobs for the youths. This shit government of D PP will not help the youths. University students end up drinking with APM what a shame. That money could have been used to give loans to needy university students.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Musatinamize apa, if you were dumped at a beer hall / Bar and you were not interested to do that kind of business mukanatha kubwelera kumudzi. Mukunena kuti munthu wa mu Blantyre failed kupeza transport yobwelelera kumudzi, Mulanje and Chiradzulo is not far either from BT, 17 – 18 yrs ndi akuluakulu awa

Elisabeth Ritchie
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Elisabeth Ritchie

The names of these girls should not be given nor their faces shown. How can they rebuild their lives if the media brands them as prostitutes? The good work of CADECOM is at risk of being undermined.

Dan
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Dan

Well done to the police. Catch the perpetrators so that they can be put into jail.

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