Last year police charged 6,000 minors for being intoxicated, but only punished 300 for buying and seling alcohol. Only on three occasions did shops face charges, according to the Ministry of Justice.
Director of public relations at the Ministry of Justice, Priit Talv, told Eesti Päevaleht today that their studies find that most minors acquire alcohol from acquaintances or other grown-ups.
“If a minor already has the alcohol in hand, it is extremely difficult to prove the actual purchase happened,” said Priit Heinsoo, who heads the law enforcement and criminal policy department at the Ministry of the Interior.
According to current legislation, minors can not be used in sting operations, as they would then have to be arrested, but the Ministry of the Interior wants to change the law.