A Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine SiuA Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine Siu
A Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine Siu

Why Hong Kong policy on drug crime must treat mules and traffickers differently

  • While many drug traffickers are only seeking a quick profit, we chaplains meet many others who were tricked or forced into their crime
  • These people should be treated rather as victims of human trafficking than as drug traffickers in their own right

Topic |   Drugs
A Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine SiuA Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine Siu
A Chinese woman found not guilty of drug trafficking hugs her mother following her release at the High Court in Admiralty in July. The Hong Kong judicial system does not seem to distinguish between drug mules and hardened drug traffickers, with those intercepted at the border coming in for harsher sentencing. Photo: Jasmine Siu
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