Tanzanian police have a******d a 44-year-old man accused of trying to sell his albino niece to undercover security officials posing at witch doctors as part of a nationwide crackdown on the i*****l trade in albino body parts used in black magic.

A police spokesman from Tanzania’s western Tabora region said Margareth Khamis, 6, was abducted a couple of nights ago from Kona Nne Village in Nzega district where she lives with her albino mother, Ms Joyce Mwandu, and three siblings.

Ms Mwandu, a widow, said a gang with their faces covered broke into her house overnight, snatched her daughter, and ran off into the bush, triggering a m*****t by fellow villagers. Juma Bwire, the Acting Tabora Regional Police Commander, said a sting operation was set up after a tip-off to police about a man looking for a buyer willing to purchase the girl at an undisclosed price.

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Witch doctors will pay as much as $75,000 (Ksh7.3 Million) for a full set of albino body parts, according to a R*******s report.  “After we had received the information our officers immediately put our trap and were able to a****t the man red-handed,” Mr Bwire told the Reuters.

He said the girl was rescued unharmed and has now been reunited with her family. The investigations are continuing and the s*****t will appear in court on completion of the investigations.

Tanzania imposed a ban on witchcraft earlier this year to try to stop the trade in albino body parts used in spells and charms that claim to bring luck, wealth and love. The United Nations has warned of a marked increase in a*****s in Tanzania and other countries in east Africa including Malawi and Burundi.

At least 75 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, including children, have been k****d in Tanzania since 2000, according to U.N. figures, many h****d to d***h.
Albinism is a congenital disorder which affects about one in 20,000 people worldwide, according to medical authorities. It is, however, more common in sub-Saharan Africa, affecting an estimated one Tanzanian in 1,400.

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