Councils ‘unwittingly helping drug gangs recruit children’
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:30

Young people put at risk by sending them to care homes up to 100 miles away, MPs warn

Councils are unwittingly acting as “recruiting sergeants” for drug gangs by sending vulnerable children to care homes miles away from where they live, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Thousands of young people who are sent to children’s homes up to 100 miles (161km) from their homes are becoming magnets for paedophiles and gangs who use children to traffic drugs from inner-city areas to provincial towns, according to evidence sent to the all-party parliamentary group for runaway and missing children and adults.

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