Chinese courts are facing an alarming increase of cases where foreigners, especially women from Southeast Asian and African countries are involved in drug trafficking in the country, undeterred by capital punishment to drug peddlers.
Local courts here tried 36 drug trafficking cases last year involving foreigners, which is 12 times higher compared to 2006, the Beijing Higher People's Court said on Friday in a statement.
The proportion of female foreigners among all the foreign defendants in drug trafficking cases also rose from nine per cent to 30 per cent over the past few years, it said.
Drug rings based outside of China normally entice poorly educated people from underdeveloped countries, mainly African and Central Asian countries, to carry drugs (to Beijing), the Court said.
In Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, four out of 10 drug trafficking cases sentenced by the Intermediate People's Court involved foreigners.
Among the suspects, Africans have reportedly become increasingly involved in the crime in Guangzhou.
Sat Jun 26 2010