Police in Balaka rescue 38 girls from prostitution

Police line with tape
Police line with tape

Balaka Police Station has this year alone rescued 38 young girls from prostitution, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

The development was revealed during a meeting on Wednesday organized by the Police together with bar, rest house and video show owners around the Boma aimed at partnering in fighting crime in the district.

Station Officer for Balaka Police, Nicholas Gondwa said the station has withdrawn 38 girls below the age of 17 from rest houses around the district.

“Some of the girls were sent back to their parents while three were sent referred to YONECO Drop-In-Centre in Zomba to be taught on income generating activities as opposed to earning a living on prostitution,” he pointed out.

Gondwa advised communities in the district that it is everyone’s responsibility to intensify security of the district; hence, called for unity among all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the business community in the district has promised not to entertain a girl child in their respective business premises.

However, the business community has asked for a good working relationship with the station in providing security in the district.

During the meeting, it was established that there is need for civic education to young girls on the basis that ignorance was the one the major driving force to girls’ prostitution.

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