A report said criminal gangs in the UK are exploiting children from better families to transport drugs from cities to rural cities. Changing the way medicines are distributed from urban to national or coastal cities has led gangs to target eight-year-olds from more stable families to work as mediators.
It is known as the “provincial lines” tactics in which guerrillas install a base in a rural area and use local racers to obtain drugs and money from their urban base and the new market in Shiraz. The phone number is used in an area outside the normal nerve patch that is used to sell drugs on the street.
The report of the party’s parliamentary group on runaway, missing and adult children said the drug distribution model had expanded beyond London to the rest of the country and that “any child could be prepared for criminal exploitation.” Children between the ages of 8 and 9 are at risk as well as those who have lost their homes or care, the report said.
“This affects boys and girls, children from families facing a range of issues, as well as stable and economically better families,” the paper said, citing testimony from experts, parents and agencies. Children need to learn about the dangers of criminal exploitation, and that this should be included in school curricula, the paper said.
“Young people who are trained in drug management are exploited by adults in the same way as those who engage in sexual activity,” said Anne Coffey, Labor MP and President of the Abge Group. “They are also vulnerable and need our support.