Zambian authorities have extradited a Chinese national who fled Malawi last month on charges of selling exploitative videos of Malawi children to China.
Police in Malawi told the VOA on Sunday that their counterparts in Zambia handed them over to Lu Ke in Machinji district, bordering Zambia, on Saturday night.
“He is in police custody. He was handed over by our friends from Zambia. So far he has been charged with trafficking in persons, but other charges could be added,” said Harry Namwaza, deputy spokesman for the Malawi Police Service.
Lou had fled Malawi last month, where police were looking for him after a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigation found he was recording young villagers in central Malawi and asking them to write about himself in Mandarin. Was saying racist things.
In one video, the children, some of whom are as young as nine, are heard saying in Mandarin that they are a “black monster” and have “low intelligence”.
The BBC reported that he was selling videos to a Chinese website for up to $70. The children who performed in the videos were paid about half-a-half dollars.
The news sparked outrage in Malawi and forced various rights organizations to stage protests in the streets and present a petition to the Chinese embassy in the capital, Lilongwe.
In the petition, the protesters asked the Chinese government to compensate children in the video for fooling them into saying words in a foreign language they could not understand.
Comfort Mankhawazi is the president of the University of Malawi Child Rights Legal Clinic, which led the protests.
She told the VOA on Sunday she was happy with the extradition.
“Because we think it’s one of the things that we had in our petition, that’s what we wanted, and we got it. We really hope that this extradition and arrest will lead to something like prosecution in our courts.” Will grow up and finally those victims will get the justice they deserve,” she said.
As of Sunday, there was no official comment from Chinese authorities on Lu Ke’s extradition.
However, police spokesman Namwaza said that Lu was expected to appear in court soon.