Do you know what child criminal exploitation is?

Is someone asking you to do illegal things for them? This is called child criminal exploitation. It’s when someone asks a child or young person to break the law, usually for their own financial gain or sexual satisfaction.

Drugs gangs groom children to transport, store and sell drugs into other towns in what the police call ‘county lines’. This is one example of child criminal exploitation. But exploitation also includes children being forced to work on cannabis farms, to steal, shoplift, beg, or do something sexual.

You might have seen the ‘County Lines – Out in the Counties’ play at school. It’s touring 10 schools in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. Performed by young people, for young people, it tries to make it easier to spot whether you or your friends are being exploited.

If you think you are a victim of child criminal exploitation or know someone who is, you can report it anonymously through CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 1111.

A 17-year-old boy has died after taking drugs.

Police are warning teenagers about drugs after a 17-year-old boy has died in Preston.

An evening with friends ended tragically for the teen, who’s thought to have taken MDMA and cannabis.

He was at a friend’s house when he started to feel unwell. An ambulance was called and sadly he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Drugs affect how your body works and taking them can harm you or even lead to death. Dealers mix drugs with other stuff so you don’t know exactly what you’re taking or what effect it will have on you. Taking drugs can even make you very vulnerable to being taken advantage of or having an accident.

Don’t take what your friends say about drugs as being the truth. Get the facts here.

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