As the country’s economic woes continue to bite, some people have now resorted to previously unheard of things to survive. In one such case, Grana Chiondegwa (27) of Mushandike Resettlement pulled a shocker when she allegedly sold her three-year-old daughter to a South African based syndicate which uses children as beggars.
In return, Chiondegwa would receive a monthly payment of R300 per month for her daughter’s services. Appearing in court, Chiondegwa said that she had been forced into the deal because of desperation. She revealed that her husband had deserted her and that she had no means to fend for her five children.
Chiondegwa and one Ivy Chepiri (28) appeared in court facing charges of human trafficking. They were remanded in custody to March 11 for trial.
According to the Chronicle, Chiondegwa was advised to approach Chepiri by a church mate in whom she had confided her woes. After approaching Chepiri the deal was stuck and the minor was taken to Shurugwi for familiarisation before she could be transported to South Africa. During the familiarisation period, the minor stayed with the church mate who has been identified as Olinda Munodawafa (33) who has since been arrested for her role.
Chiondegwa and Chepiri were arrested after villagers tipped off the police that Chiondegwa had given away her daughter to a stranger.