Salima — Police in Salima has reached out to sex workers in the district to enlist their support in the fight against crime, including theft and robbery.
The initiative has been facilitated by Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) through its sex worker peer groups.
Speaking Tuesday during a one-day training workshop for the sex workers, Senior Superintendent of Police, Dr. Darlington Akambadi said the aim of the initiative was to bring about collaboration between the police and sex workers.
"We have been sidelining sex workers in our operations but we have come to realize that they can provide us with useful tips on robbery and theft in the district because they do interact with a lot of people," said Akambadi.
Akambadi further said sex workers in the district were afraid to approach the police and lodge a complaint whenever they were abused.
He said the working relationship they had created with the sex workers would encourage them to report any human rights violations they face in the course of their trade.
District Coordinator for FIPAM, Jebesi Banaba said the organization organized the workshop to let police highlight roles which sex-workers could play in helping to combat crime as well as sensitise them on their rights.
Marther Kamwendo, one of the sex workers who participated in the workshop assured the law enforcers that they would be coming forward with tips on various criminal activities in the district.