TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) -- Honduran children are being used
by drug gangs to peddle cocaine in Canadian cities, a childrens' rights group
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
"The children are being used as little mules to transport and sell the
Casa Alianza's Latin American director Bruce Harris said.
The group said it suspected about 200 Honduran children ages 10-13 were
The group added that the drug gangs had set up smuggling and distribution
networks stretching from Honduras through Mexico to the United States and
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