An Angolan priest has claimed human traffickers are kidnapping people and selling their organs.
Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the Catholic priest, Zeferino Passagem, said criminals in the east of the country were kidnapping people before taking them to border towns.
The priest said the traffickers, who preyed on the poor, then took out “vital and sexual organs”.
He put the problem down to the country’s long borders with Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A public official who also spoke to the agency said two women disappeared in the mission of Sao Bento in the province last December.
While the women’s relatives say that the police have yet to give any information on the case, the police countered that they were unable to find accurate information on the matter.
The public official added that some women farmers in the province have stopped going to their farms for fear of their safety.
According to a UN report, Angola lacks a specific law to tackle human trafficking, which makes it difficult to prosecute cases in the southern African country.