Drug traffickers use networking sites to recruit peddlers

February 24th, 2010 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) There is a flip side to social networking sites — drug traffickers are increasingly using social networking sites to lure and recruit young women as peddlers, an International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) report said Wednesday.
“Drug traffickers are increasingly using social networking websites to recruit southeast Asian women to work as ‘mules’. The targets are obviously single women between the age of 20 and 30 without criminal records who are unemployed or work in clerical, sales and service jobs,” said INCB in its 2009 annual report.

The report said there has been an “increase in trafficking of methamphetamine and the illicit manufacture of MDMA (ecstasy).”

It also revealed that the “illicit manufacture, trafficking and abuse of Ketamine (party drug) is also becoming a major problem in many countries (in the region).”

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