'Troubled teens easy targets for drug traffickers': Lawyers
Lawyers see more cases of youth lured to drugs and made runners
Troubled teenagers have become targets for drug traffickers who would get them hooked on drugs before turning them into "runners" to peddle illegal substances to other teens, said lawyers.
Lawyers told The Straits Times they have seen more of such cases in recent years.
Some traffickers would even offer drugs free to these teenagers just to get them addicted. They would approach young people at places like pubs and game arcades in places including Geylang, Bugis and Tanjong Pagar.
To tackle the problem, new laws were introduced in May to specifically target those who recruit young or vulnerable persons to commit drug offences.