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Argentina´s “skirmish on drugs” : most arrested are poor women and foreigners.

Prison cell in the argentinian women prison system.

In Argentina, most people arrested for drug offenses are women or foreigners, according to study made by the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and ngo Intercambios.

“Imprisoned for drug offenses in Argentina” is the title of the research that will be presented tomorrow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires UBA (Santiago del Estero, Argentina).

The author is the lawyer Alejandro Corda , member of the ngo Intercambios, who says that “one third of detainees in prisons throughout the Federal Prison Service are in this situation because of drug offenses” and that ” drugs trafficking is the second leading cause of incarceration behind crimes against property. ”

The specialist calls for “reform of the Narcotics Law 23,737, to avoid the imprisonment of just women and foreigners, but to catch the real dealers and kingpins of the argentinian illegal drug trafficking mafia

Other relevant data that provides the research says that 7 out of 10 people arrested for drugs are consumers and third of those detained in federal prisons are small players in the drug  traffic “mules” (carriers bordering small amounts) and vendors in poor neighborhoods.