in England, Wales and Northern Ireland revealed that in 2016, 71 percent of forces arrested children under the age of 16 on suspicion of supplying crack, heroin or cocaine

When all types of Class A substances were considered, the proportion of forces arresting under-16s for hard-drug dealing last year rose to 86 percent – 30 out of the 35 forces who supplied useable information.

 

 has been told of London schoolchildren being sent to deal from crackhouses as far away as Scotland, with the girls sometimes being raped and “owned” by male gang members.

By the age of 14, some child drug dealers are “already seasoned. [They have] done lots of things, sold lots of drugs and been in lots of traumatising situations”.

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