Thousands of children are being used to cart drugs from major British hubs to towns and communities across the region — a scandal investigators are warning could become “bigger than Rotherham,” the Muslim-led child sex grooming scandal.
The National Crime Agency called the situation as “out of control, the Express noted.
And the statistics come at a time when the area has been inundated with migrants and refugees from mostly Muslim nations, thanks in large part to the amnesty and open border policies of left-leaning politicians.
And according to other investigators and officials, thousands of children are being roped into the network.
From the Express:
The National Crime Agency described the situation as “out of control” as it has been revealed that there have been more than 700 operations of smuggling Class A drugs out of major cities into regional towns using young people.
According to The Times investigation, one police chief described the situation as “bigger than Rotherham”.
A local councillor in London, Joe Caluori, said the data showed that “thousands of young people across the country are caught up” in the networks.
The Islington councillor added: “They are all at risk of harm and exploitation”.
Mr Caluori said that “kidnap, torture, severe physical attacks and threats to rape and kill” have been used to coerce young recruits.
Islington council found drug operations involving people linked to the borough in 14 police forces across Britain.
The council used data from police, missing persons records and social services information to understand what was happening.
Many of the drug mules involved smuggling drugs just north of London and other people were found to be working as far as Lincolnshire, Devon and South Wales.
Detective Superintendent Tim Champion from the Trident anti-gang squad said: “We are looking to ensure that all the pressure of put on the organisers of drug trafficking, and not the young people running the drugs.”
The independent antislavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, said: “These are British children that are being trafficked and exploited by criminal gangs and we need to use the tools available to tackle that.”
Modern slavery laws will be used for the first time to tackle the exploitation of the children, some as young as 12 and in social care.
The modern slavery bill has a maximum jail sentence of life.
The majority of the drug mules were aged between 14 and 17 and had often been excluded from education.
Mr Caluroi said: “We are now seeking funding to do this exercise on a London-wide basis to get a better understanding of how this works and the scale of it.
“We have had vulnerable youngsters sent back to London in taxis, we had a 13-year-old boy from London go to police station in Bristol to report that he had been kidnapped and forced to sell drugs only to get himself arrested.
“We need a national approach that recognises these children are at risk and need protecting.”
The Rotherham child exploitation scandal has been described as the “biggest child protection scandal in UK history” and involved organised child sexual abuse going unchallenged by the legal authorities.
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