A new report from Vancouver police Detectives Sandy Avelar and Anisha Parhar of the Gang Crime Unit is shocking and disturbing locals in the area. Two detectives spoke to Global News and explained that they were surprised to see how many young girls are being recruited for gang activity.
While most of us in the area know that many young men are often recruited into the gang lifestyle, it's surprising to find out that many young girls are also being recruited into criminal activity.
The two detectives shared insights from their advocacy program called Her Time, where they visit schools in the area and speak to girls about avoiding recruitment into gangs. Initially, women were ignored when officials would create programs to help youths avoid gang activity. Now, they've created a program to specifically help girls too.
The Vancouver detectives told Global News that they recently met with Grade Six and Grade Seven students and were surprised at how much they knew about "criminal activity" in their city.
They said, "These 11 and 12-year-old girls knew about Dial-a-Dope operations, about women being used for sexual purposes. It was quite shocking. It's sad, but it's a wake-up call."
To clarify, Dial-a-Dope operations refer to calling or texting a drug dealer in your area to namely purchase marijuana or "dope". It's shocking to hear that children that are still in elementary schools actually know about these operations.
Initiatives like Her Time are aimed towards helping keep young girls away from the gang scene in Surrey, BC.
Source: Global News