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Concern at number of pregnant women trafficking drugs

Authorities say there’s a growing trend of pregnant women becoming involved with drug syndicates.

Picture: Freeimages.

JOHANNESBURG - The Social Development Department says it's concerned about a growing trend of young South African pregnant women becoming involved with drug syndicates across borders.

Yesterday Minister Bathabile Dlamini received a three-year-old boy, repatriated from Mozambique, after living in a prison there with his mother who is incarcerated for drug trafficking.

The department says it's aware of 14 other South African women who are in the same situation as this mother in this prison alone.

The department says there is at least one other child still at the same prison.

Spokesperson Lumka Oliphant says the department has overseen the repatriation of 18 children in the last 10 years.

She says the department is working with the police on the matter and has reported the trend.

"Every year we have to repatriate children from women who are pregnant. It means that they're targeting pregnant women."

Oliphant says the department will continue to monitor the three-year-old boy, who touched down in Johannesburg yesterday evening, to ensure he is given a good life.