Alert immigration personnel in Livingstone have rescued 7 children about to be trafficked to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
All the seven children, five of them boys, did not have documentation.
The Immigration Department in Livingstone has since arrested five Congolese who were with the children.
Immigration Department spokesperson Justine Siame said the Congolese nationals comprising two females and three males were picked from Hams Guest House in Livingstone. They have been charged with human trafficking.
According to Department of State statistics, approximately 800,000 to 900,000 victims are annually trafficked across international borders worldwide.
The people affected are forced to work for the profit of others, for example by begging, prostitution, involuntary servitude, working in sweatshops, even becoming child soldiers.
Mr Siame said in a statement that the five suspects entered the country with the children on February 18, 2012 through Kipushi Border Post in Solwezi en route to South Africa.
“The perpetrators are currently in detention pending prosecution while the children are under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare,” he said
And Mr Siame said seven Somali nationals have been arrested in Nakonde aboard a truck in another suspected human trafficking case.
He said the Somali nationals entered the country through concealment and without any clearance from the immigration officials and are currently in detention awaiting prosecution.
[Zambia Daily Mail]