More British Asian women 'use hard drugs'

By Rightnow289 · Jan 5, 2009 · ·
  1. Rightnow289
    A growing number of Asian women are using Class A drugs, according to leading Asian drugs charity Nafas.


    Ten years ago drug misuse amongst British Asian women was unheard of.
    Now, Nafas says it is treating 20 to 25 women for heroin addiction a year in east London alone - a figure it believes is just the tip of the iceberg.
    Zarina (not her real name) is one of them. The 25-year-old is fashionably dressed but painfully thin with eyes like saucers in her tiny face.
    I met her near her home in Bethnal Green, east London.
    She is polite and articulate, although for the first 10 minutes of our interview finds it hard to sit still, nervously fidgeting with her hands.
    She was a 14-year-old schoolgirl when she first started using heroin.
    "From the first time I tried heroin, I liked it," she said.
    "Ever since then I've been an addict. The guy I was with, he knew all the local dealers. Where my school was, there were so many dealers hanging around.
    "I didn't know them, but I got to know them, because my boyfriend used to take me with him whenever he'd go to score."
    Since then she has developed an addiction to heroin and crack cocaine that costs her around £2,000 a week.
    Like many drug addicts she finances her habit through crime.
    She said: "I just go out shoplifting with my boyfriend and his crowd. I used to not be able to shoplift, but I'd be on the lookout and get a share of the money for drugs."

    Family honour

    The manager of the Nafas drugs project in east London, Tohel Ahmed, said Asian girls hooked on drugs are particularly vulnerable.
    He said: "We think this is the next big problem for the Asian community, these females. Many of them start young, and we've had 14, 15-year-olds.
    "Often they start using because of their boyfriends. Some of them get tricked into using drugs and many of them are driven into prostitution to feed their habit."
    There are no official figures but drug experts agree it is a growing problem, not just in London but in places with large Asian communities like Birmingham, Bradford and Lancashire.
    But because of a sense of family honour or concern for public image, the problem remains hidden.
    Labour Peer, Baroness Pola Uddin, believes this prevents young Asian girls from seeking the help they need.

    Community reluctance

    She said: "The stigma against substance misuse seems to be almost like the last taboo. We've got to take a very serious look and see what the level of problems is and where these girls are going for support."
    It is a view shared by Zarina. She thinks Asian girls are too scared to come forward for fear of violent reprisals.
    "Some of my friends who use drugs can't walk down the street, in case their brothers see them. Some of them have been battered by their families for taking drugs," she said.
    Mr Ahmed believes the situation is similar to that of Asian men 10 years ago, where the community was aware of the problem but reluctant to speak out or seek treatment for friends or family.
    Meanwhile, after a three-week stay in prison, Zarina is trying to get clean. She wants her future to be heroin-free.
    She said: "I've got a lot of Asian friends, four or five of them. Three of them are working girls and they inject heroin very heavily.
    "They've even got kids. One of my mates has a kid that's 13 years old yet she's in and out of prison, it's mad. I don't ever want to be in that situation, with a child and in and out of prison. It's not me".

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  1. Nature Boy
    Re: More Asian women 'use hard drugs'

    Tut-tut! Nasty boyfriend. Maybe they'll ban him.
  2. podge
    Re: More Asian women 'use hard drugs'

    Well said. :laugh:

    Its always a similar story in the media when it comes to female addicts....

    "Young "tammy" was a beautiful young girl, always a grade A student. Then one day her parents noticed her grades were slipping, they found out she had a new older boyfriend ....who wore a leather jacket and drove a motorcycle. Before they knew it young tammy was shooting smack and selling her body....and by the end of the the year tammy was running a crime syndicate responsible for drug trafficing and genocide":laugh:

    I dont think anybody wants to hear the story of the beautiful young girl who got hooked on smack by choice and not by peer pressure, obviously the "downward spiral" associated with heroin use is always a journalists favorite to stir up indegnation and spread misinformation and generally insight fear.
  3. trixion
    SWIM believe a strict law system..will greatly reduce the figures. More and more woman..having the bad habit is also due to the fact man and woman are of equal status "thinking". Their ability to earn as they now got spenting power.

    From what SWIM is doing, the meat industry. In the past, man force woman who do not do their biding by shooting them and staving them. The weakness in char (same for man as both are human)when withdrawal is taking place...making woman willingness to do anything to exchange for a jab.

    Currently the meat works not due to the addiction but for the sake of fast return having the excess cash and do not know how to use. Majority turned to "man" bar and drugs. The ability to buy and use expensive drug are a form of high-class in their culture/thinking.

    Over the times passes, addiction form thus continuing to work to feed their habits. Normally this happen to woman from countries whose systems are fueled by bribles.

    One must not blamed the boyfriend as it is the "she" who enjoy the high and does not have the ability to come back to her norm. SWIshe is feeling great and high..did she know that the feeling are false...and the urgency to step the brake? It all fall down to self u love urself.

    When one is having fun...does she pt the finger toward her and blame herself for the act that she is using drug. Having the mentality that "A little does not kill" but not realising that "many little kills".

    SWIM once heard a drug lord saying "They are knights send from heaven and on a mission to clean the world of weaklings. They assumed those people that use drugs are weaklings. They help to sell and produce drugs to speed up the process to distinct ones that must be get rid off. Knowing by doing the selling and making seems condemn by many but the thought of one helping heaven by getting rid weaking as a noble knightman..keep them going."
  4. nibble
    Oh really? Well China has a very strict zero-tolerance policy on drugs with many people executed each year for drug offences. China's drug use rates are growing exponentially..
  5. old hippie 56
    Have heard this said also from a cartel member. It is so true...
  6. trixion

    SWIM think that the gains for risking is greater than the fear of death. BTW those guys have already forsake their life when they are doing it.

    Another little qn to think....there are two guys on one side of the river. The other side of the river is a big bag of gold. The only way to cross is by the bridge that seems to be collasping in any time. Under the bridge across the river lives man eating crocos...

    The only difference bet the 2 guys is that 1 is rich and the other is poor. On the count of 3...who do u think will be willing to cross the river...?
  7. nibble
    I'm not just talking about trafficking, there are very harsh penalties for even possession of moderate amounts. Not death but lengthy sentences in horrendous prison conditions. Do you really believe in ruling by fear?
  8. old hippie 56
    Ever read the headlines about Kemba Smith? She was in the area yesterday speaking.

    As most Americans, I believed in the motto, liberty and justice for all, until at the age of 23 in April 1995, I stood in a court room with Lady Justice watching as Federal District Court Judge Richard B. Kellam sentenced me to a mandatory minimum sentence of 24.5 years in the Federal Women’s Prison in Danbury, Conn., as a first-time non-violent drug offender with no possibility of parole.

    For centuries in this United States of America, Lady Justice has decorated our courtrooms with her presence. In one hand she carries the balanced scales which symbolize the equal distribution of justice that will be served, and in her other hand she holds a sword indicating that she has the power to inflict punishment. For me, what always stood out was the fact that she wore a blindfold. In grade school, I was taught that when it came to this goddess icon and the law, our judicial branch would ensure that justice would be distributed objectively without any bias due to an individual’s race, appearance or class.

    Former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Director-Counsel and President Theodore M. Shaw greets Kemba Smith upon her 2000 release from the Federal Women’s Prison in Danbury, Conn. where she was released, thanks to the work of her family and LDF, after serving 6.5 years of a mandatory 24.5 year sentence as a first-time non-violent drug offender.

    While incarcerated, it was hard for me to fathom how keeping me imprisoned until Jan. 5, 2016, at a cost of over $25,000 a year, would make America safer. The longer I was there,the more I realized this wasn’t about keeping America safer. It was about harsh, draconian punishment. One of the hardest things I ever had to endure in my life was giving birth to my son and watching him grow up from behind a prison wall. I often wondered If I would ever be a real mother to him versus just mothering him during our prison visits.

    In December 2000, after 6.5 years of efforts by my parents and legal counsel from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)-calling powerful people, writing letters, signing petitions, and organizing my community-a miracle happened. I was released from prison. President Bill Clinton decided that an injustice had occurred and he granted me executive clemency, balancing the scales for Lady Justice, at least in my case.

    When looking back, I realize that in comparison to others I have known, I realize how fortunate I was to have been released after 6 years. I realized how the gift of freedom not only changed my life, but also my family’s lives. I know that my son couldn’t imagine being in the ninth grade with his mother still incarcerated. My freedom has allowed me to experience true love and an understanding of what a healthy relationship is. My freedom will allow my mother to watch me walk down the church aisle and then afford me the opportunity to dance with my father at my wedding reception in July.

    Since my release, I have often felt like a sole survivor, continuing to be the voice for those still in the struggle-for the thousands of other women and men, many of them parents like me, caught in this web of excessive, inappropriate sentences that ruin lives without reducing crime. I have spoken on panels for many criminal justice organizations and congressional forums still discussing the same old issue of the War on Drugs. Most panels consist of researchers, scholars, attorneys, and judges, with me representing “the ex-offender” affected by these laws. I do this with focused determination and ambition although at times I feel like the Lone Rider in the room because no one can truly understand the urgency for change except me and those still walking through their valleys.

    For two decades, harsh mandatory minimum drug sentencing laws have fueled the federal prison population. On the state level, New York’s “Rockefeller Drug Laws,” enacted in 1973, have long been regarded as among the nations harshest and have been compared to federal drug sentencing. Elaine Bartlett, who served a 16-year sentence, and Anthony Papa, who served a 12-year sentence, are survivors like myself of senseless drug laws and have been advocating for reform since their release.

    For far too long, minorities have been overly penalized for the same or similar crimes committed by their white counterparts. Numerous studies conclude that draconian drug laws disproportionately affect minorities and generally entangle first-time offenders who have no history of violence. Although drug usage, sales and trafficking are serious issues in our society, the vast majority of cases burdening our courts consist of defendants charged with simple possession and other lower-level offenses.

    After more than 35 years, on March 4, the New York State General Assembly approved legislation that would repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws and eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for first time non-violent drug offenders. As a result, this would allow judges discretion in many lower level felony drug possession crimes encouraging treatment over incarceration. Hopefully, the New York State Senate will approve this legislation to include retroactive sentencing. Re-establishing the moral force that should underlie the criminal justice system is what Lady Justice represents, continuing the progressive shift to a sensible drug policy in this country.
  9. trixion
    SWIM believe the tough ruling will stop those who wishes to try..providing the first barrier in the mind.

    However..human tends to forget fear when they enjoys. They will always think..just 1 time or SWIM will not be so unlucky. Who knows..SWIY always happen to be the lucky one.
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