Wednesday, March 2

More Bad Traffic(k)

Zambia's Drug Enforcement Commission claims marijuana seizures are down from 182 tons in 2003 to 108 tons last year. However, according to the UN,
"a decade ago, Zambia was a mere transit point for illicit drugs destined for nearby South Africa. Today, it is a gateway and distribution center for drugs going to Europe and North America. Fueled by rapid urbanization and economic hardships, drug trafficking has increased substantially, luring some Zambians in search of quick money. The country's Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) says trafficking has multiplied more than a thousand times over the past seven years."

Increasingly, Zambians are arrested for trafficking; 80% of the Zambians arrested abroad in 1996 and 75 per cent of those arrested in 1997 were women.