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Global rise in girl gangsters

world Updated: Jun 17, 2010 03:24 IST

Girls are getting more into the crime with the number of woman gangsters worldwide swelling up to between 132,000 to 660,000.

Instead of going for the guns, when confronted, the girl gangsters still opt for knives, stones and other tools as their weapon of choice, says an independent study carried out by the Geneva-based Institute of International Studies.

“Gangs, organised crime and armed groups possess between 1.2 and 1.4 million firearms worldwide currently,” the study said, out of a global arsenal of 875 million weapons.

It said the majority of woman gangsters still preferred to be part of mixed gender gangs and instead of toting guns chose to act as spies, transporter of weapons in their underwear and food baskets and acting as lookouts.