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Social Cash Transfer Program reduces child trafficking in Thyolo

Written by  Robert Nayeja

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Thyolo, July 17, 2017: TheSocial Cash Transfer Program is said to have helped reduce child trafficking in Thyolo as the district has not registered any child trafficking cases in the past seven months.

Thyolo District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO), Elizabeth Mlato told the Malawi News Agency (MANA) in an interview recently that some parents were involved in child trafficking due to poverty resulting to them off-loading some of their children because they were failing to fend for them.

“Nowadays, in the district, a lot of needy families are on the social cash transfer program which is helping them to take care of their families as well as pay school fees for their children,” she said.                                                         

Mlato said the district was registering many cases of child trafficking before the social cash transfer program, but since December, 2017, when the program rolled out, no any such cases have been reported.                                                     

She further said child protection workers have also played a crucial role in educating the community on the dangers of child trafficking.

“The community members themselves with the assistance from child protection workers instituted child protection committees in each and every village in the district which are in the fore-front of protecting the children. These committees have really helped the communities to understand much better the rights of a child,” she said.

Moreover she thanked village heads for playing a crucial role in the fight against child trafficking in the district by supporting the establishment of child protection committees in their areas.

Mlato also hailed government initiatives such as the Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) Program and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) like Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) for also playing a crucial role in supporting the communities reduce child trafficking in the district.


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