The mother of a teenager recruited by a notorious Brisbane gang has described her 18-month battle to save her son.
The woman, who cannot be identified, said her "beautiful child" was introduced to the gang at school and before long was angry and withdrawn, taking drugs, and vanishing for weeks on end.
"He met one group of people, then to the next group of people, all of a sudden he was fully immersed in it," she told 9News.
The woman said she made a fake Instagram account to track her son and the other gang members and was horrified by their antics.
"If I had a digital footprint of him I knew he was alive," she said.
"You see them laughing about going through someone's house and stealing their belongings, they video themselves doing it.
"I do not blame the police at all, they're actually trying to do the best job but their hands are tied.
"You can't drag a 15-year-old home and give them a kick up the bum anymore."
A harsh mother-to-son talk eventually brought him to his senses, she said, but it's a constant fight to keep him on track.
"It's been a hard 18 months of fighting to get him back," she said.
"He has had his life threatened after breaking away from them."
Retired Superintendent Jim Keogh says youth gangs operating in South East Queensland are putting themselves and others in life threatening situations and have less regard for human life than outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/youth-gangs-mum-fight-to-save-teenage-son-brisbane/b8db3733-cebc-4e7d-a252-cc3115a79d17