Sting in the tale
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟳 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
Technology is turning the tide in the fight against the illicit drugs trade and its many associated crimes. For better and worse. These days, anyone wanting to get their hands on hard drugs needn’t risk the danger and uncertainty of the black market. With the evolution of social media and online apps, criminals are having a field day marketing their illicit goods to people from all spheres of society and – scarily - to any child with access to a phone. From pornography to street and prescription drugs, to guns and forged official documents, all are for sale on many of the platforms we rely on every day: community information apps, e-hailing, social media and messenger apps with a “people near me” function. Carte Blanche follows a Crime Intelligence-driven investigation into online drug running as we join a sting operation and listen to harrowing stories of victims having to pay with their bodies when they fail to reach the sales targets set by their criminal bosses.
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