Experienced drug-dealers are grooming vulnerable children and young people to traffic drugs, on their behalf, and the rise of young people convicted for selling class A drugs, in Britain, is increasing.
Many of today’s missing young people are not in fact missing, or in the type of danger that we imagine. Instead, young people are being sent out of town to carry and selling drugs across the country for someone that doesn’t want to get their own hands dirty.
Alerts arose, initially, when police started arresting youth for crimes, not limited to drug-related crime, in areas outside of their home cities. Many of the youth arrested were known as vulnerable children and young people, which can vary from looked after children (under social care) to children that come from unstable homes (such as those with negligent parents, but have somehow managed to slip through the care system). Children as young as eight years old are involved in drug trafficking, initiated by older youth and adults, after being targeted and groomed.
Manipulative drug dealers, that view themselves as drug lords, are very clever in their selection process of children, that are later appointed as their employees. Children that are bullied, come from low income families (predominantly single mother households) or feel neglected at home are usually targeted, whilst being offered a family and protection in return. No child is exempt, even children from middle class backgrounds, receiving private or grammar education, are targeted; due to the fact that they are not known to the police. For many young people, it’s not only the money that entices them but also the feeling of having somewhere to belong.
The bittersweet reality, as unfortunate as it may sound, is that, some of the vulnerable young people that are groomed into drug trafficking actually do find a family in the life of crime; and become brothers and sisters with their fellow trafficking peers. This realisation raises the following question: Are parents to blame if their child feels that enduring a life of crime, with risks of jail and death, is safer than being at home?
Many children and young people, however, are merely manipulated with fraudulent offers of a family unit and then, once entrapped in the drug trafficking lifestyle, they are mistreated and abused – even isolated from their families – all for the love of money. Young people are in over there head, many attempting, and succeeding, to commit suicide due to feeling trapped in a situation that they were unable to fully comprehend when they were, hypothetically, signed up for it.
Music, and film, may paint a glamorous picture of the life of a drug dealer, but in actuality it’s nothing of the sort. Long gone are the, what may have appeared to be exciting, days of Semion Mogilevich, Al Capone and Griselda Blanco – so long gone that the children of today may not even know who they are, yet somehow young people are still being lured into this life of crime.
It’s not glamorous.
Children are putting drugs in their genital areas, as well as swallowing packages, to carry and deliver across the UK, believing that in time they will have as much money, or credibility, as a mafia boss. Reality disagrees, resulting in many young people being hospitalised, jailed or murdered. Those who aren’t damaged in one the ways stated are effected mentally, with many developing paranoia or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Ironically, the reason that many fall for the alluring trap seems to be long forgotten once children find themselves caught up in the life of organised crime. Young people convince themselves that there is a purpose for getting involved, such as to help their mother pay the bills, which they may do initially, until they find that what their “boss” is wearing (designer clothing) becomes their main focus. Eventually, they find themselves trying to fit in with their new family by buying designer clothes and jewellery to appear successful. There will always be someone with something better, or nicer, than they have, providing young people with a growing list of excuses as to why they must continue trafficking. Measuring success by comparing yourself to another is unhealthy, and especially detrimental in this case.
Britain’s Teenage Drug Runners and 8 Year Old Drug Smugglers
Britain’s Teenage Drug Runners: Gangs In The Countryside is a BBC documentary that goes into detail to alert viewers to the going’s on of today’s youth, and the dangers that many are facing by being involved in drug trafficking. In the documentary, there is one particular young man who says that children as young as 12 and 13 years old are old enough to get involved in drug trafficking, and expresses that he doesn’t feel bad for getting them involved. He stated that he’s not grooming these young people, and that society groomed him.
It’s sickening because he is grooming these young children, and luring them into a life of crime, but it’s highly possible that he was also groomed into selling drugs in his younger days. It’s very common that when someone is abused, exploited or groomed, that they will go on to become an abuser in the future – to people that remind them of themselves when they were once a victim (a man who was abused at age 10, and grows to become an abuser, is more likely to abuse a child, also, aged 10 rather than any other age).
Still, should we sympathise for those who were once lured into a life of crime (drug trafficking) and then grow to do the same to children? It’s subjective. My personal opinion does not sympathise, as I live by the moral to “treat others the way you would like to be treated, and not as a reaction to how they treat you”. You’re no longer in the position of a victim when you start doing unto others, the crime that was once done to you and, therefore, you must take responsibility for your actions.
If you are a drug dealer, and you would not like to change your way, or seek help to leave the lifestyle, then it would be assumed that you are happy with what you are doing and are prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions. In that case, the burden of drug trafficking and potentially ending up jailed or deceased, is a burden that only you should bare, due to your choice to stay in that position in life. Bringing children into your damned lifestyle, by luring them into something that will put them at severe risk of danger, leaving many young people jailed or dead, is a very selfish act. Having blood on your hands in return for money, and cheated lavish living, is immoral and disgusting.
If you haven’t watched Britain’s Teenage Drug Runners: Gangs In The Countryside, and would like to see more, then you can watch the video below.
Another documentary coming soon is 8 Years Old and Smuggling Drugs, which airs at 9PM next Tuesday, 30th January, on Channel 5Star. 8 Years Old and Smuggling Drugs, fronted by North-West London presenter, producer and host, Aaron Roach Bridgeman, provides viewers with an insight into the lives of the youth, in Britain, who are involved in drug trafficking – including children as young as eight years old. It is highly recommended that you all tune in, and watch it.