Abianda is a London-based social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs and county lines, and the professionals who support them.
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Children as young as six are being forced to carry and sell drugs far away from their homes. They are made to skip school, sleep in drug dens, keep secrets from their loved ones. They are treated as criminals when they often feel trapped in a hopeless situation.
County Lines (Fearless)
County Lines is a very serious issue where criminal gangs set up a drug dealing operation in a place outside their usual operating area. Gangs will move their drug dealing from big cities (e.g. London, Manchester, Liverpool etc.) to smaller towns in order to make more money. This can have a really big effect on the community who live there and bring with it serious criminal behaviour.
Loan Sharks: Illegal money lending
Illegal money lending supports drug markets. People often go to the same “friends” in the community to borrow money at extortionate rates to pay off drug debt. Devon and Cornwall Police will pass on the intel to the England Illegal Money Lending Team.