ADF director condemns female drug dealers

“The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving human being who must sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of their children. A mother works hard to make sure their child is equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make it as a competent human being.”

These were the words of Anti-Drug Forum director, Sam Pillay, who said that the ADF is willing to work with other stake holders to make sure that they fight the drug issue till the end.

Pillay attributed poverty and unemployment, together with various other challenges, as the reasons why women are experimenting with drug dealing to generate an income.

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“It is sad that the drug kingpins’ use these vulnerable women to help them distribute the drugs into the community because they know that women are less likely to be suspected by the police due to the idea that they are nurturers. It is disappointing to find that women who are supposed to be mother figures are involved in drug distribution thus increasing the negative effect of substance abuse in the families and in communities and crime rates.  More children are at risk of being raped or molested, school drop outs are increasing more homes being broken,” he said. 

He also argued that all the women in the world need to restore the initial idea of being a mother and a caregiver so that everyone will work hard to make sure that the upcoming generation lives in a drug-free society which is the mission of the Anti-Drug Forum.

“Awareness and educational programmes will be rendered to the community so that they could be aware of the long term effects of women being drug dealers.  Support systems and coping mechanisms will also be explored but it is imperative to mention that we cannot do this alone but with support from government and the local municipalities.  It is our urge to these necessary structures to come on board and to make a noticeable difference.  For we are all but strength in numbers,” he concluded. For more information, contact the Anti-Drug Forum on 031 404-6993.

Yoshini Perumal

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