Lucy’s Story

I started high school when I was 11 and instantly fell in with the wrong crowd. I met a lad who was two years older than me and started a relationship with him. Soon after I started smoking cigarettes and, a few months down the line, I began trying cannabis and then cocaine and ecstacy.

By the time I was 12 bubble had come out and, within six weeks, I was taking it every day and getting into a really big mess. I spiralled out of control really fast.

My mum left when I was little so I was just living with my dad, but I wouldn’t go home and see him for days. He kept reporting me missing, the police would find me, and then I’d leave again.

The people who I was hanging around with were in their 20s and they were not just around for a friend because of how young and vulnerable I was. I thought lying on my back was being loved but it’s not, it’s just being used and abused.

I was 12 and I ended up owing a £5,000 drugs debt and I stole thousands off my dad. I was in a lot of danger, doing things someone that age shouldn’t be doing.

One day I started getting stomach pains and had to go to hospital. The doctor there told me I had done so much damage to my body I would never be able to have children, which was a shock. But it wasn’t enough to stop me.

Without the police I would be dead in a gutter. They target these horrible people and lock them up, and it can be stopped.

These people don’t deserve to be walking the streets because they target young, vulnerable girls, and it’s awful.

I want to try and warn girls who think these people are their friends, they are not. I have moved away from home and started a new school where I’m studying for my GCSEs. If the police hadn’t helped me to do that, I don’t think I would be here.

Talk to someone

If you are worried that this is happening to you or a friend then please contact the police on 101.

Alternatively speak to a trusted adult or seek advice and support from:
CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
Childline – call the free helpline on 0800 1111
Crimestoppers – contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website

If you are in immediate danger or need urgent help then always call then police on 999.

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