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Number of HKers aged 15 and under arrested for suspected drug offences rose by more than 50% in 2021

  • The number of young Hongkongers aged 10 to 15 arrested on suspicion of drug offences in 2021 rose by more than 50 percent when compared with the previous year’s figure.

  • In 2021, Hong Kong authorities arrested a total of 678 people who were under the age of 21 for suspected drug-related crimes.

  • Of those, 116 were aged 15 and under, marking a a 52.6 percent increase from the 76 people in that age bracket in 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, the number of 15-and-under apprehended on drug allegations did not exceed 40.


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