What is Criminal Exploitation?
Criminal Exploitation is a form of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking where victims are forced to work under highly organised criminals using force, coercion, abuse, deception, or other means of exploitation.
What is Child Criminal Exploitation?
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is the coercion and control of children and young people to commit crimes, usually for the benefit of abusive adults or peers. A child can be manipulated, intimated, and threatened with violence (including sexual violence). A child under the age of 18 cannot legally give consent to their exploitation even if the activity appears to them and others as consensual. The exploitation does not always involve physical contact, it can also occur through the use of technology.
What is County Lines?
County Lines is used to describe gangs and organised criminals who network to export illegal drugs within the UK using dedicated mobile phones. Criminally exploited victims are forced by criminal gangs to run drugs from urban to rural locations across the UK.
Signs of Criminal Exploitation
Below are some examples of signs however it is important to remember that warning signs will be presented differently for each child or young person being exploited
How do I report Criminal Exploitation?
Call the Police on 999 if in immediate danger or call 101 for non-emergencies
Modern Slavery Helpline – 08000 121 700.
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.
If you are concerned about a child or adult, you can call Customer First on freephone 0808 800 4005.
To make a referral online, use the relevant Suffolk County Council Portal below:
If you are a member of the public and you would like to raise your concern anonymously, you can do so by clicking on the links below:
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