3 in 4 women in jail due to drug offences; experts say most became abusers to save relationships

Inmates at Changi Prison Complex's A4 Institution, which is for female prisoners.
Inmates at Changi Prison Complex's A4 Institution, which is for female prisoners.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - About three in four women in prisons here are locked up for drug offences, with many having picked it up because of their partners.

Counsellors who work with female addicts say the women do it to seek the approval of their drug-addict partners and, sometimes, to mend damaged relationships.

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