Par­ents traf­fick kids

Daily Star - - NEWS - ■ by JACK AN­DREWS jack.an­drews@dailystar.co.uk

AL­BA­NIAN par­ents are traf­fick­ing their own chil­dren to Bri­tain to join drugs gangs.

The crime groups con­trol a large chunk of the co­caine mar­ket in the UK.

In­ter­na­tional law en­force­ment spe­cial­ist Steve Har­vey said: “The ma­jor­ity of Al­ba­nian boys and young men are traf­ficked with the com­plic­ity of their par­ents and the prom­ise of fi­nan­cial re­mu­ner­a­tion.”

Teenage Al­ba­ni­ans have been pros­e­cuted in Glas­gow, Bath, Dews­bury, West Yorks, Shrews­bury, Shrops, and Lon­don.

Young­sters have been get­ting caught with drugs worth £200,000. An anony­mous source told a Home Of­fice in­quiry: “The traf­fick­ers and ex­ploiters prom­ise them money – a lot of money.”

The in­quiry found: “Par­ents are keen for their chil­dren to go abroad and they are send­ing them younger and younger.”

Stephanie Sch­wand­nerSiev­ers, Al­ba­nian spe­cial­ist at Bournemout­h Univer­sity, said: “They send mes­sages home fea­tur­ing money, speedy cars, also guns and power.”

RE­CRUITS: Coke em­pire

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.