County Lines

County Lines is a way to describe a specific type of criminal exploitation. This is where gangs and organised crime networks exploit children to sell drugs. They are often forced to travel to different counties, and they use dedicated mobile phone 'lines' to sell these drugs. This is where the term comes from.

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Victim/Witness

I think I know a young person being forced to sell drugs
You believe you know a child who is being forced to sell drugs
I am a young person and I'm being forced to sell drugs
You are a young person and people are making you sell drugs
I want to speak to someone independent
You want to speak to someone about being forced to sell drugs other than the police
There are witnesses
Someone other than you knows the person or people who are forcing you to sell drugs
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't think anyone else knows the person or people who are forcing you to sell drugs

Your situation

I have been physically or verbally abused
You or the young person you know has also been physically or verbally abused
I have been touched inappropriately
You or the young person you know has been sexually touched
I have been pressured or forced to perform sex acts on someone
You or the young person you know could have been forced to perform sexual acts on someone else
I have been pressured or forced to have sex with someone
You or the young person you know could have been raped
This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns

The person who did this

I know who did this
You have details of, or know who is making you sell drugs
I’m related to the person who is making me do this
You may have been forced to sell drugs by someone in your family
I don’t know who the person is but I do have a description
You have a description of what the person who is making you sell drugs looks like
I don't have a name or description of the person, but I do have other details
You do not have a description or name of the person, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they may have details about the person or people who are forcing you to sell drugs
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of the person or people who are making you sell drugs

Evidence

There is video footage or photos
There may be CCTV, video or images of the incident or offender
There are verbal or written comments
Someone involved said something, or wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I have injuries
You have physical wounds such as bruises or scratches
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation

Concerns

This is affecting my mental or physical health
You or the person you know would like support for this
I’m worried no one will believe me or I will get into trouble
You are worried that if you report the incident no one will believe you or you will end up getting into trouble because of it
I'm worried about going to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I don’t want anyone to find out what happened to me
You don't want anyone else to know what's happened to you
I am worried that this may happen again
You are worried that the abuse may continue and this incident will happen again

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