Children of the Drug Trade

By Luke Dowdney,

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1 author picked Children of the Drug Trade as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Based on meticulous and ground-breaking research, this book examines the roles played by children and adolescents in the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro. The author and his team interviewed twenty-five young men involved with the drug trade, plus various other local actors. The testimonies reveal that the participation of children and adolescents is a function of a thriving drug market, the absence of alternative opportunities, and the corrupt and repressive nature of local security forces. I know of no other book with such unparalleled access to child combatants in Rio’s favelas. 

From Robert's list on the drugs and violence in Brazil.

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