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Are you Listening?
Are You Listening is a film about four young people who are being exploited. Although all of its characters are fictional they represent real experiences. It is important to understand that young people who are caught up in this type of activity often do not see themselves as victims as those who are exploiting them make them feel important, respected and looked after.
In the film the signs of Child Criminal Exploitation – known as CCE, are being made obvious to adults however the adults fail to listen to what they are being told and miss opportunities to help.
Let’s work together to put an end to this type of abuse. Here is information to provide more understanding about Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and its terminology and where to get support with helping a child involved in Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE).
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is a term used to describe when children and young people (boys and girls) are manipulated or coerced into committing crimes.
Criminals are using children all across the UK.
They groom young people to carry out illegal activity on their behalf – such as selling and storing drugs, carrying weapons and committing burglary, robbery or theft.
Currently across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland children and young people aged between seven and 17 being used by criminals.
Some children are also made to feel like they have no choice and will be scared to speak out about what is happening.
It is important to remember children are often preyed on because they are vulnerable.
County lines is the name given to drug dealing where organised criminal groups (OCGs) use phone lines to move and supply drugs, usually from cities into smaller towns and rural areas.
They exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health or addiction issues, by recruiting them to distribute the drugs.
The ‘county line’ refers to the phone used to conduct the drug deals.
Criminals exploit children and vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and money using coercion, intimidation, violence, sexual violence and weapons.
Going county /OT/ Going Crunch: travelling to another town or city to deliver drugs or money
Trapping: can mean either selling drugs or moving them
Trap House: a place where drugs are made or sold, a young person involved in Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is likely to be made to stay there for days at a time
Trap Line: the phone used to sell drugs
Cuckooing: when a vulnerable person’s house is overtaken by drug gangs to use as their base, often via violence or intimidation