CUST 49/4406; this letter was written
in response to a United Nations report in 1955 that a high proportion
of British ships were involved in drug smuggling. The writer points
out that there were lots of cases involving British ships because
there were, at that time, lots of British ships. He goes on to suggest
what should be done.
Think about:drug smuggling today is a huge business. What was the
scale of the crime earlier in the century?
What reasons can you give from this source why drug smuggling to Britain might be more common than to other countries?
Put some of the examples you have found
in this Case-Study of a key factor for change affecting crime in the
20th century in your Gallery Worksheet.