Children as young as seven recruited by drug gangs, charity says

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LONDON, United Kingdom

According to the Children’s Society Organization, drug dealers have restored to using children as young as seven to move drugs around the country.

The charity released a new report that indicated that a council worker it had spoken to said they were working with a seven-year-old victim, whilst a member of police staff confirmed they were working with an eight-year-old.

Additionally, the charity also found the number of children getting sucked into county lines drug gangs is continuing to grow, which has prompted local authorities to admit they are struggling to deal with the problem.

It also criticises the “haphazard response” from local agencies, prompting the Local Government Association to say that government cuts have forced them to “divert money away” from children who are most vulnerable.

Further, the Children’s Society found many police forces and councils are not recording data about children who are exploited and nearly two-thirds of councils do not have a strategy in place for tackling child criminal exploitation.