Girls in gangs live in a "parallel world" where rape is used as a weapon and carrying drugs and guns is seen as normal, the director of a think tank has warned. Edward Boyd of the Centre for Social Justice said:
We are often unsighted about the desperate lives of girls embroiled in gangs. While the media regularly shines a spotlight on the criminality of male members, the daily suffering of girls goes largely unnoticed.
Girls are facing brutality and exploitation in criminal gangs, a think tank has warned.
The study by Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) revealed a "parallel world" of sex abuse in which male gang members entrap girls and use them for sexual rituals, as well as to carry drugs because they know they are less likely to be searched by police.
The report, Girls and Gangs, calls for urgent action and criticises the Home Office for failing to do enough to combat gang culture in inner cities since the 2011 riots .
It also says that too often headteachers "turn a blind eye" to gang activity, including the sexual exploitation of girls, to preserve schools' reputations.