A failure to grasp how technology and social media is being used to coerce, control, blackmail and track the movements of children as young as 11 by ‘county lines’ drug gangs has seen an epidemic of child criminal exploitation spiral out of control in the UK.
The scale of the UK’s ‘county lines’ trade, in which criminal networks exploit thousands of children and vulnerable adults to funnel hard drugs from cities to towns and rural areas, is greater than British crime-fighting chiefs previously thought, with a fresh assessment revealing a £500-million industry linked to murder and sexual exploitation.
Cocaine production is beginning to creep into Central America, a development which could bring the supply of the drug closer to the United States and create a new security risk for an already troubled region.
German drugmaker Bayer and Finland’s Orion said on Wednesday a study showed a prostate cancer drug they are jointly developing can delay the spread of the disease to other parts of the body, boosting Orion’s shares.
A member of the British Parliament has called for more action to tackle the high rates of child slavery in the United Kingdom as the government ramps up efforts to deal with sex trafficking of girls and gangs' use of children as drug mules.
A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk.