This project aims to create new knowledge and insights into the diverse and complex exploitation mechanisms that can drive young people into and/or keep them in drug related crimes, as well as map the physical and mental abuse they experience in this process.
In 2020, Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research conducted a questionnaire-based trendspotter study, which showed that the exploitation of vulnerable young people for drug related crimes has gone from being a sporadic to a systematic trait of the Danish illegal drug market. That criminals exploit vulnerable youths for drug related crimes is not a new phenomenon. However, three structural factors have made this a growing problem.
In Denmark, however, there is currently a lack of in-depth qualitative knowledge about how vulnerable young people become exploited for drug related crimes. Against this background, this study will examine the exploitation dynamics that might both drive young people into and keep them in drug related crimes.
We will conduct qualitative interviews with 40 vulnerable young people aged 15-25, who have first-hand experience with selling, transporting and/or storing illegal drugs for others. The interviews will, amongst other things, explore:
The project will take place from August 2021 to August 2032
The project is funded by Helsefonden.