Don't get Trapped!
Following a campaign recently, police and local authorities are trying to stop criminal gangs from grooming children and vulnerable adults to commit crime.
Criminal gangs can exploit children, young people and vulnerable adults to commit crime on their behalf. Victims and their families can be faced with threatening behaviour including intimidation, violence and grooming.
Gangs typically use children to sell drugs, but they can commit other criminal activity such as arson, violent crimes, storing firearms, holding money, criminal damage and assault.
The campaign, known as Trapped, was launched on Monday 23rd October and aims to raise awareness of criminal exploitation, recognising that victims may feel ‘Trapped’ and need support to find a way out.
If you’re worried about young and vulnerable people being ‘Trapped’, you can look out for a number of different signs:
- Young people going missing and travelling to seaside or market towns (offenders often take victims from urban areas to the countryside or coastal areas to sell drugs, but they can still be trafficked closer to home and around Greater Manchester)
- School absence
- Money, clothes or accessories which they are unaccountable for
- Receiving an excessive number of texts and phone calls
- Relations with controlling/older individuals and groups
- Carrying weapons
- Significant decline in school results/performance
- Self-harm or significant changes in emotional wellbeing
If you’re concerned about yourself or somebody else who could be ‘Trapped’, please contact Greater Manchester Police on 999 if there is an immediate threat to a person, 101 in a non-emergency or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For more information about Trapped you can visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk/trapped/