NEWS: HONDURAN CHILDREN TRAFFICKED TO CANADA TO SELL DRUGS

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Subject: HONDURAN CHILDREN TRAFFICKED TO CANADA TO SELL DRUGS
Author: <bruce@casa-alianza.org >
Date: 9/24/98 12:12 PM

See: http://cnn.com/WORLD/americas/9809/18/RB002295.reut.html

Report: Honduran children forced to peddle drugs in Canada

19 September 1998 Web posted at: 00:35 ART, Buenos Aires time
(03:35
GMT)

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) -- Honduran children are being
used
by drug gangs to peddle cocaine in Canadian cities, a childrens'
rights group said Friday.

Pressure group Casa Alianza said it was sending two investigators to
Canada shortly "to support investigations and the rescue of
Honduran
children being exploited" there.

Casa Alianza officials said several children from the Central
American country had swallowed stones of the drug crack, derived
from
cocaine, and were seriously ill in Canadian hospitals after being
caught
by Vancouver police.

"The children are being used as little mules to transport and sell
the drug," Casa Alianza's Latin American director Bruce Harris said.

The group said it suspected about 200 Honduran children ages 10-
13
were involved.

The group added that the drug gangs had set up smuggling and
distribution networks stretching from Honduras through Mexico to the
United States and Canada.

19:44 09-18-98

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