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Downing Street has defended the use of child spies by British police and intelligence agencies in operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers, saying this happened very rarely and only when it was considered vital to do so.
The comments by Theresa May’s spokeswoman came after a House of Lords committee revealed the practice and also raised the alarm that the government planned to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over the use of children.
Some of the child spies are under 16, the committee said, adding that it was worried about proposals to extend from one month to four the period of time between each occasion child spies go through a reregistration process.
Asked about the committee’s concerns, May’s spokeswoman said: “Juvenile covert human intelligence sources are used very rarely, and they’re only used when it is very necessary and proportionate, for example helping to prevent gang violence, drug dealing and the ‘county lines’ phenomenon. The use is governed by a very strict legal framework.”
Juvenile covert human intelligence sources
and also raised the alarm that the government planned to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over the use of children.
It’s against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers
originally posted by: wylekat
Where do they get these... spies...? Are they pressed into service, via threats at parents, are they orphan/ foster/ wards of the government?