Lorry driver arrested in Mozambique for people trafficking

March 6, 2019 5:17 am

The Mozambican police have arrested a Malawian man for smuggling people across the border.

The 25-year-old man was heading to South Africa with 27 people inside his lorry – including a child – when he was stopped by police in the Machanga district of south-eastern Mozambique.

The man was formally charged with human trafficking. He faces procedural and criminal charges.

A police spokesperson told journalists that the man and his human cargo had entered Mozambique through the Bibi border, in western Tete province.

Tete is often used as an entry point by people from southern Africa, the Great Lakes region, Nigeria and Ethiopia. Their final destination is usually the regional economic powerhouse South Africa.