FEATURED POST: How Much Power Do Female Gangsters Hold?

The Last Girl Standing

Much of what is written about women in gangs portrays them as victims.

girlgangster Girl gangsters: Young women are often portrayed as victims in gangs, but a growing number of experts acknowledge the rise of the ‘gangster girl’ Photo: Alamy

A report by the Centre for Social Justice earlier this year focused on girls being trapped in gangs and living “desperate lives”, where rape is considered normal. Researchers said female members, some as young as 10, are being pressured into having sex with boys to initiate them into gangs.

The think tank warned that “too little” is being done to change the exploitation of girls and young women in gangs, despite the launch of a Home Office strategy three years ago. “The Government was right in 2011 to identify that authorities did not know enough about girls and young women associated with gangs. Yet three years later too little progress has…

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