Vulnerable people in South Yorkshire are being increasingly exploited by criminals who are trafficking them around the country to sell drugs. The new trend - known as County Lines - sees criminal gangs coerce people who are often themselves drug users with mental health issues or chaotic lifestyles. The victims are sent as mules into other counties but may also be “cuckooed” as drug dealers take over their homes to ply their trade. Although he was an offender, he is also a victim.”Mr Billings says former mining communities in South Yorkshire have high unemployment which means people become vulnerable to drug gangs. “The vulnerable adults often include drug users who have chaotic lifestyles or mental health issues.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 07, 2018 08:37 UTC