12 teenagers have been rescued from the hands a couple who used them to sell mandasi in Manjiri, Blantyre.
Widson Nhlane, Deputy Publicist, Limbe Police Station, confirmed the development to helplinemw.com.
According to Nhlane, husband and a wife are behind bars for trafficking in persons and benefiting from exploitation of trafficked persons respectively.
He said: “The suspects are Mussa Jackson 60, from Makalani village in Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba and Esther Divason, 36, who hails from Binda village in Traditional Authority Dzoole in Dowa”.
“Police were tipped off by an investigator (name withheld) of Love for Justice Organisation, that some 12 boys were recruited by a Machinjiri resident, Jackson Mussa to be selling Mandasi.Investigations was launched and it was discovered that the boys’ ages range from 11-19 and that since their recruitment in August, no payment was given to them.The two were immediately apprehended,”said Nhlane.
He further said efforts were made to trace their home villages. It was established that they were taken from different villages under Traditional Authority Mpama in Chiradzulu district.
“The two will appear in court soon to answer charges of trafficking in persons, and benefiting from exploitation of trafficked persons, contrary to sections 14 and 20 of Trafficking in Persons Act respectively”,he confirmed.
Meanwhile, police has warned that those involved in such malpractices will face the long arm of the law and has since urged the general public to continue giving tip-offs.