Quito Ecuador: minors being used for drug sales by trafficking organizations

Posted on August 13, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Ecuador, Social Issues

Elcomercio.com reportedOn Wednesday recalled the scenes as a child. At night, her father gave her a black briefcase with 100 small packages of cocaine hydrochloride. They were wrapped in notebook paper. Hid them in his underwear and gave whenever asked. As his father got ‘clients’, sat playing or distracted with chocolate. The instructions were clear: if he saw a policeman near the pretense and should be withdrawn if the agents had to throw surprise came from the portfolio. This is one of the most common procedures in the use of children in the micro-trafficking. In Quito, where more is used to minors in this illegal activity are The Marshal and the Historical Center. The data stem from an investigation conducted by the security expert in Cando Diego. Figures from the National Narcotics Directorate indicate that in 2011, the country reported 349 cases of children used in retail drug sales. 80% were in men. However, from January to July this year 246 cases have been reported nationwide. Read Article

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