Malawi Continues to Face Severe Problem of Trafficking for Commercial and Sexual Exploitation

NGO Coalition on Child Rights (NGOCCR) has told the ongoing Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) CSO Programme Regional Learning Workshop in Lilongwe that trafficking for commercial and sexual exploitation remains a serious problem affecting Malawi.

NGOCCR is one of the organizations implementing child-centred interventions with financial support from Save the Children.

The coalition’s Project Officer Faith Iwalani said annually, traffickers recruit unsuspected victims in Malawi including children to work in Tobacco Estates in Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.

Iwalani explained that that the demand for girls and women increased during the festive season and other major events, among others.

She added that demand for domestic workers in Arab countries also increased, with trafficked girls and women being lured by labour agencies and fully sponsored trips.

“Exploitation comes in the form of high profits from sales of alcohol and liquor owners of bottle stores and nightclubs get because of the presence of the women and girls. The unsuspecting girls and women are sometimes requested to send their pictures; and, when they travel to the these countries, they are subjected to debt bondage,” explained Iwalani.

She said organized criminal groups are behind all these forms of trafficking and smuggling.

She described organized crimes as including both criminal organization and the criminal activities they carry out.