Police in Blantyre have rescued five girls who were trafficked to work in various beer drinking joints in the city.
Blantyre Police Publicist Inspector Augustus Nkhwazi told YFM that the girls have been rescued through an exercise conducted by Blantyre Police Station with support from the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM).
Nkhwazi said the exercise is aimed at rescuing young girls from bars and bottle stores in the city.
“The exercise began on May 9 2018 lead by a team from the child protection department. It was on May 15 when the Police rescued these young girls in areas of Machinjiri, Mbayani and Chirimba Townships,” he said.
Nkhwazi said the girls aged between 17 and 19 hails are from Thyolo, Mulanje, Chiradzulu and Blantyre districts.
He said a syndicate of sex workers promised the girls that they will be offered jobs such as of selling Kaunjika and as house maids only to be dumped in bars and bottle stores to find their own means of survival.
Nkhwazi said the victims attributed that poverty is the major issue for them to be in such situation.
Meanwhile the Police are still hunting for the perpetrators of the malpractice.
Police further reminds the general public that it is an offence punishable by the law under the trafficking in persons to exploit girls into sex workers.