Our latest production digs into the growing levels of child exploitation by criminal gangs known as County Lines. It follows on from our previous productions which explored different kinds of modern slavery: BOUND (forced labour, sex trafficking and domestic servitude) and ON EDGE (exploitation of construction workers).
County Lines refers to the mobile phones that criminal gangs use to organise, store and sell drugs.
Vulnerable young people are particularly at risk of exploitation. They are often recruited by the gangs using drug debts, grooming or threats.
We are in the research phase of CODE, gathering information, meeting people and organisations that are working at the front line and collecting real stories about young victims and survivors. We’ll put our findings here and share our progress on the show as it develops.
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