Drug dealers have recruited teenagers for the delivery of the illegal products, according to the police. The adolescents have dropped out of school, and it seems that the drug dealers have exploited their helpless situation: being unemployed, they have easily fallen prey to the allure of the job.
The school drop-outs are between 15 and 18 years of age. Being unemployed, they have succumbed to the temptation of making easy money. The police explains that they are from regions of the south of the island.
The drug dealers who recruited the young men are already included in the records of the police.
The teenagers deliver drugs to clients by travelling on bicycle. Sometimes, they are even found barefoot.
It appears that drug delivery is not the only way of making money for adolescents. Teenager girls of 15 to 16 years of age seem to be indulging in prostitution for Rs 200 in sugarcane fields. However, in spite of the suspicions, the police finds it difficult to prove whether it is really prostitution.
To make matters worse, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Protection says that they cannot take any direct action because the officers of the Child Development Unit can only react after they are informed of a case. On the other hand, a committee from the ministry is currently working on a file dealing with young people fallen prey to drugs and prostitution.