DRUG GANGS ARE GROOMING KIDS IN MERSEYSIDE
Know what to look out for and who to help
Know what to look for
You can spot exploitation in a number of different ways. Sometimes you may just get a feeling that something is not quite right. The following examples might suggest that someone you know is being exploited:
• They go missing from school or home,
sometimes for weeks
• They have more than one mobile phone.
• They become more secretive,
• They start lying
• Maybe you just feel something doesn’t ‘feel
right’ but you can’t suss it out
• They have new, unexplained gifts
• Receiving excessive calls or messages from
new and unknown ‘friends’
• Unexplained amounts of cash
• Getting picked up or dropped by cars by
• They have unexplained bus or train tickets.
• Mixing with older men or women
• Coming home late, or not at all
• Carrying a knife, gun or other weapon –
or storing them
• Trying to conceal bruises, marks or injuries
• Self-harm or significant changes in
Know who to help
Criminal gangs look for vulnerable people they can control. They groom young people under the age of 18, teenagers and young children. You might think you, your friend or the young person in your community is in control of their choices. However, if you see any of the signs mentioned on this website, you or they could be in danger.
Know who to call
If you’re being pressured to do something you know is harmful. Or if you know someone showing the signs covered on this site.
THERE ARE PEOPLE READY TO LISTEN AND TO HELP.
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