Trapped - County Lines | Video

Youth Justice
Safeguarding: CYP
Direct Work CYPs
Child Criminal Exploitation

Posted: 17 February 2019

The ‘Trapped’ campaign was launched in October last year to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and vulnerable adults to commit crime on their behalf.

About this resource:

This resource can be used as a direct work session for parent(s)/Carer(s) and young people. It demonstrates how quickly people (and their families) can get caught up in County Lines and the tactics used by gangs.

What is County Lines?

County Lines is a form of criminal exploitation and sees offenders moving children or vulnerable people for the purposes of selling drugs. They could be trafficked around the local area, or taken from urban areas to countryside or coastal areas to sell drugs.

Victims could also be criminally exploited and forced to carry out other crimes such as arson, violent offences, criminal damage, assault or robbery. They could also be forced to store firearms or money.

Offenders groom, threaten, force or trick victims into carrying out their crimes. If the victim doesn’t comply the offender may use violence, or threaten the victim’s family to ensure they get what they want. Gifts may be given to the victim as a reward to keep them on side which leads them to becoming trapped in a spiral of intimidation, fear and debt.

Some signs that a young or vulnerable person could be ‘Trapped’ and need help are:

  • Young people going missing and travelling to seaside or market towns
  • School absence or missing from school
  • Money, clothes or accessories which they are unable to account for
  • Receiving an excessive amount of texts and phone calls
  • Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
  • Carrying weapons
  • Significant decline in school results / performance
  • Self-harm or significant changes in emotional wellbeing

To report a crime call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700.

To pass on information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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