The Hunt for Addicts

Now that Central America is the major drug-trafficking route, some Christians in one country have devised a way to keep people clean — by “hunting” down addicts in the streets and holding them against their will for months, even years at a time:

As there is no residential, state provision for addicts in Guatemala, private rehabilitation facilities have filled the vacuum. There may be as many as 200 Christian centres in Guatemala, possibly holding 6,000 people, estimates Dr Kevin O’Neill, from the University of Toronto, who has made an anthropological study of the centres.

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