British journalist Stacey Dooley Investigates Kids Selling Drugs Online is this documentary film.
With a huge crackdown on the online drug trade in the last decade and sites like Silk Road getting busted, one would think that online sales would have taken a dip. They are booming however and much of this activity is happening in the UK. To investigate Stacy meets with a gang who rely on fake profiles on social media apps like Instagram to shift their supplies, often being able to sell thousands of pounds worth within a matter of hours.
Selling drugs online is rapidly catching on as it can all be done from home and not out on the streets. As a result children as young as 15 are selling class A drugs online, Stacy is even offered drugs pretty quickly by the people she is interviewing even though she is just making a documentary!
Selling online does not come without a risk of being caught as police are always monitoring internet traffic for illicit activity. Drug dealers are well aware of this and sign up for sites using VPN (Virtual private network, masks your real IP address) services with fake email addresses which were probably set up using a different VPN making the accounts difficult to trace. And that is even if the police are able to find an account which is selling drugs as Emojis ( a Hieroglyphic language used by teenage girls to communicate) are used in special combinations to mean words, a bit like an enigma code.