• Women with HIV/AIDS increasingly used for facilitating illicit drug trafficking, according Prosecutor General.

By: Mahmoud Qodah

Hargeisa (Somaliland Monitor) – According to the Prosecutor General of Somaliland and the Chairman of House of Representatives’ Committee for Social Affairs, the trafficking of illicit drugs including hashish’s and wind through Somaliland boundaries rapidly increased, and that the increased drug trafficking does not only hype criminal activities but also increased domestic illicit drug consumption, particularly among young people.

The Somaliland’s Public Prosecutor General Mr. Hassan Ahmed Aden on Tuesday has raised his concern that despite of state combat against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, its menace has been on the increase. He highlighted that using HIV/AIDS infected women involve in black markets in order to smuggle illicit drugs into the country is one of the ‘cleverly inventive” used by drug dealers, as people always show more enthusiasm for those women.

Mr. Ahmed said this after his office paid visit to the country’s prisons. He noted, “When I monitored prisons in the country, I have recognized that there are a lot of women who were jailed after they have been found guilty in involving drug dealing activities, particularly smuggling of the illicit drugs into the country. People and security enforcement always show sympathy and humanity for those women infected by HIV/AIDS disease; as such drug dealers make use of this opportunity, and used those girls to involve in trafficking of the illicit drugs into the country.”

Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee for Social Affairs Hassan Awale Aynan
Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee for Social Affairs Hassan Awale Aynan

Earlier, the Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee for Social Affairs Hassan Awale Aynan on his side, expressed the readiness of his committee to partner with the security enforcement in its efforts towards curbing crime and trafficking of illicit drugs, which led many teens to become drug addicts, specially Hashish’s’ and wind.

Though neither Parliament Committee for Social Affairs nor Office of the Public Prosecutor General issued an official data or statistics showing the facts of percentage increase of the trafficking, trade and offences on illicit drugs, but instead they both raised their concern over the rapid escalation and the prevalence of illicit drug trade, trafficking as well as the ingenious trafficking techniques used by the dealers.

“Trafficking and trade of illicit drugs have emerged in Somaliland in recent times, as such this translates to the increased number of youth involved in drug consumption,” Mr. Awale stated.

The Chairman of Social Affairs Committee likewise called on law enforcement agencies to double their efforts and provide additional information and facts in order to tackle its prompt increase. He particularly pointed his finger at Khat traders’ trucks, in which he hinted to be likely involved in facilitating of trafficking of those drugs into the country which, hence, resulted the rapid rise and prevalence of drugs as well as drug-related crimes in Somaliland.

Mohamoud Qodah is the Co-editor-in-chief of Somaliland Monitor. He also serves as the assistant editor of the Republican English weekly newspaper published by Jamhuuriya media Group.

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