Women and girls groomed by gangs and forced to sell drugs should not face criminal charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said today. It comes after prosecutors warned gang members are starting relationships with women and girls in order to covertly sell drugs from their homes. A growing trend has seen gang members prey on vulnerable women, in some cases ‘sexually assaulting, beating and prostituting’ them in order to control them and aid their crimes. New legal guidance published on Wednesday aims to address the increasing number of females involved in gang-related crimes. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) document advises lawyers to consider if there is evidence they have been forced or groomed into committing an offence. A growing treand has seen gang members prey on vulnerable women, in some cases ‘sexually assaulting, beating and prostituting’ them in order to aid their crimes (stock image) ’Some gang members enter into relationships with women and girls who they control, coerce and subject to domestic abuse,’ it states. ‘In county lines, a trend has been seen where gang members enter into a relationship with a female, and then use her address for dealing drugs. ‘The females become intimidated by the gang member and… Read full this story
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