People Saving Girls at Risk has said that complaints on human trafficking have increased since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Malawi.
Executive Director for the organization, Caleb Ng’ombo, said they have been receiving a lot of cases of this nature and their investigations have established that the victims are mostly women and girls.
“We keep getting calls from different sources and when we dig deeper all of them border on trafficking so the numbers have increased,” he said.
Ng’ombo feels that, the women and girls have fallen victim because economic activities have slowed in the country and this has put them at risk of being trafficked.
“Most Small Scale businesses (SME’s) have not been thriving because of this pandemic and a number of people have lost their jobs and we feel this has made girls vulnerable to trafficking.”
Meanwhile the organization has intensified psychosocial support to children, girls and women on Covid-19.
Further to this, they are providing basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) to the communities.