The Department of Immigration at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe have apprehended eight (8) Croatian nationals in a suspected case of child trafficking involving four (4) Congolese children aged between 1 and 3 years.

Immigration public relations officer Namati Nshinka said the Croatians, believed to be married couples, were intercepted at Simon Mwansa Kawpwepwe International Airport by alert Immigration Officers as they attempted to exit the country for Croatia with the Congolese children.

He further explained that this was after the Officers discovered that the document indicating that each couple had adopted a child appeared to have been forged.

“The bio-data pages of each of the Croatians’ passports bore the Croatian name of their purportedly adopted Congolese child,” he said.

Mr. Namati in a statement said Investigations into the matter are ongoing and the Department will update the public once they are concluded.

“The Department is working with other Law Enforcement Agencies and the Congolese consulate in Ndola to establish the true identity of the Children,” he further said.

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