Meet The Enslaved Vietnamese Teens Who Tend To The UK's Underground Cannabis Farms

Submitted by: jayme21 8 months ago in News & Politics

In depth article looking at the human cost of UK marijuana production. Yeah some may say "Its only a little pot, harmless kids having fun".  But its not soo harmless for the children trafficked inti it and facing prison when raided.

From the first-floor window of the flat where he was incarcerated, 15-year-old Tung began to piece together what the UK was like. He liked watching the busy road with three or four shops, a pizza restaurant and a petrol station. He had been told never to turn on the light, so he often sat by the window in the dark, peering out from the side. “Where I lived in Vietnam was a very remote area, just trees and dirt tracks. We rarely saw a car. I found it all so surprising.”

He was locked in the flat alone for two months. “It was terrible, the first month. I wanted to go out, to talk to someone. I almost felt like I was going mad. But by the second month I was getting used to it.”

For several years, Tung was one of Britain’s cannabis slaves: a hidden group of exploited children, locked up alone and forced to tend plants in converted houses, in dangerous conditions. Like many other trafficked child cannabis gardeners, when the flat was raided, he was sent to prison.


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The story of how much of the UK’s cannabis is grown sounds too far-fetched to be true: an international network of traffickers brings teenage boys from Vietnam to become enslaved gardeners in British suburbs. Yet every few weeks, another farm is discovered and new arrests are made.

Local newspapers offer fleeting insights into the industry, with scant facts: that police raided a red-brick terrace house on a suburban road in Liverpool after neighbours complained of the smell, and found the house stripped of furniture and converted into a cannabis farm, with two teenage boys hiding, terrified, beneath the floorboards. That a cannabis gardener in County Armagh was found living on tins of dog food. Or that police visited a two-storey house in Plymouth and found cannabis plants in every room, cellar to attic, tended by a Vietnamese boy with injuries to his face, who said he was 13; he was put in the care of social services while investigations were launched, but within days he had disappeared....

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There are 9 comments:
Female 8,173
Legalise itt. Obviously- but when you can still get a large fine and community service for one plant in your dining room, freely admitted to and not contested then people will buy rather than grow. 
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Male 715
madduck well doesn't make it right. And argument works for other stuff, dont agree with gun laws just go buy guns. Dont agree with age of consent laws bang a 14 yr old....
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Female 8,173
jayme21 - of course it doesn't make it right. all it does is prove that the government don't give a shit about who gets hurt as long as they appease their voter base. 
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Male 2,716
We ain't talkin' heroin or crack here...it's weed.  I feel for those who get caught up these situations. But the solution is evident.  Why well into the 21st century this stuff is still illegal begs the question: who in real authority is benefiting from the current situation?  
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Male 715
dromed I'm in favour of legalising all drugs not just weed. But until it's legalised this is the problem and people are contributing to this suffering. It's not harmless
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Male 40,535
The solution is legalization. Then legitimate growers with legally paid workers make the product.
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Female 4,651
Gerry1of1 and the weed border-smuggling will all but stop because who want's that crap when we have medicinal quality on every corner at 1/8th the cost? 
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Male 40,535
melcervini Who the hell wants week ass "medicinal" weed?  I want some 100% proof shit in my kazoo when I smoke it..... see Sausage Party for details
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Male 1,975
Gerry1of1 ^DING DING DING!!! WE HAVE A WINNER!!!^
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