Police intercept truck in northern Zambia carrying immigrants

Members of the Zambian paramilitary border police monitor traffic and patrol the bridge which spans the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe at the Chirundu border post. This is a key transit point on the the Great North Road trucking route from South Africa through to East Africa and it has become notorious for its congestion as every day hundreds of trucks try to pass through this border. Drivers often end up having to spend days, even weeks in this hot uncomfortable place waiting for their paperwork. It is estimated that there are more than 350 sex workers based in Chirundu who provide services to truck drivers and others and the area is known as a HIV/AIDS transmission hotspot in the region. Often more than 500 vehicles can be parked overnight in the customs yard and on this road leading out of town. (Photo by Gideon Mendel/Corbis via Getty Images)

Police in northern Zambia intercepted a truck that was carrying eight prohibited immigrants, a spokesperson said on Sunday.

Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo said the truck was intercepted at a police checkpoint late on Saturday in the matter suspected to be human trafficking.

She said that the Tanzania-registered truck was carrying hand bags, suite cases and laptops.

“The illegal immigrants were detected under the trailer in a hidden compartment and are believed to be Ethiopians,” she said the statement.

The named suspects are detained in custody and the truck has been impounded, she added.