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Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation

Alert message sent 14/09/2020 08:01:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

When it comes to exploitation, there is no 'perfect victim', any young person can be exploited.

As part of County Lines Intensification Week (14th - 18th Sept) West Midlands Police will be joining British Transport Police, National Police Chiefs Council and The Children's Society in asking the public to #LookCloser.

What is County Lines?
Criminal exploitation is also known as 'county lines' and is when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit children to sell drugs. Often these children are made to travel across counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone ‘lines’ to supply drugs.

What are the signs of criminal exploitation and county lines?
  • Returning home late, staying out all night or going missing
  • Being found in areas away from home
  • Increasing drug use, or being found to have large amounts of drugs on them
  • Being secretive about who they are talking to and where they are going
  • Unexplained absences from school, college, training or work
  • Unexplained money, phone(s), clothes or jewellery
  • Increasingly disruptive or aggressive behaviour
  • Using sexual, drug-related or violent language you wouldn’t expect them to know
  • Coming home with injuries or looking particularly dishevelled
  • Having hotel cards or keys to unknown places.
For further information, advice and how to report if you have concerns, Click Here

Why don't you follow The Children's Society on social media for updates throughout the week:
Twitter @childrensociety
Facebook @childrenssociety
Instagram @thechildrenssociety

Walsall Police

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Andrew Ryan (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Walsall NPU)

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