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SADC members attend summit on child trafficking

Leaders are looking particularly at the case of unaccompanied migrants.

Zimbabwe's deputy Home Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says this is a problem individual states can't deal with on their own.

HARARE - Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers are attending a major summit in Zimbabwe on child trafficking.

They're looking particularly at the case of unaccompanied migrants, which may include children travelling to join parents who are resident in another country.

Zimbabwe's deputy Home Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi says this is a problem individual states can't deal with on their own.

The official Chronicle newspaper says Ziyambi told the summit yesterday that unaccompanied migrant children are particularly vulnerable and can face the threat of violence or rape.

There have been cases of Zimbabwean buses intercepted on their way to South Africa carrying children without their parents.

In 2012, a bus-driver was arrested near Beitbridge trying to smuggle 24 children across the border.

Many in Zimbabwe believe that South Africa's recently-introduced rules requiring parents to travel with full birth certificates for their children are a bid to clamp down on this kind of trafficking.