Child spies: use of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources

British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers.

A committee of the House of Lords revealed the practice in a report heard by the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee in July 2018. The report raised alarm over plans to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over their use of children. Some of the children are under the age of 16 and are being used by the police and other investigative agencies as spies in covert investigations.

Human rights lawyers working for the UK Charity Just for Kids Law have been crowdfunding for a judicial review to challenge the government’s use of child spies, arguing that the tactic is incompatible with the UN convention on the rights of the child.

Download further information including what you can do to: Help Protect Children Recruited by the State as Spies

Related information on the response of the Joint Select Committee:

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