Reports of county lines child exploitation likely to increase, say police

Officers using modern slavery legislation to crack down on underreported phenomenonCounty lines drug dealing is underreported and the scale is likely to increase, including a rise in the reported number of children exploited by gangs, law enforcement...

Reports of county lines child exploitation likely to increase, say police

Officers using modern slavery legislation to crack down on underreported phenomenon

County lines drug dealing is underreported and the scale is likely to increase, including a rise in the reported number of children exploited by gangs, law enforcement chiefs leading the fight against the phenomenon have warned.

In interviews with the Guardian, senior figures at the National Crime Agency (NCA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and British Transport Police (BTP) have said the intelligence picture of the county lines threat is the “best it has ever been”.

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