County Lines

Year Y9 students watch a drama performance that was commissioned by Essex Youth Service and Essex Police.

AlterEgo Creative Solutions developed an Applied Theatre play to raise awareness around Child Criminal Exploitation – specifically the strand of the County Lines drug trafficking model that sees vulnerable adults and young people targeted by organised groups and gangs to groom, trick, trap and manipulate them into trafficking drugs and sometimes weapons.

Meet Dex. He’s a nice guy. He’ll offer you money. He’ll offer you drugs. He’ll be generous. He’ll make you feel important. He’ll make you feel part of something. He’ll make your life exciting. He’ll do whatever it takes to get you working for him and his mates… and when you do … Meet Dex. He’s a scary guy. He’ll say you owe him money. He’ll make you deal drugs and move packages. He’ll blackmail you. He’ll be violent. He’ll make you feel terrified. He’ll turn your life upside down. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep you working for him and his mates … And he’s good at it. He knows he’ll get you because he knows you’ll make bad decisions… bad choices. Dex runs the County Lines.
The play is aimed at raising awareness around-

  • What is CountyLines and how can it affect young people
  • The Grooming Process and how it can apply to CountyLines
  • The similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Where to go for help & advice

A public performance of this play will be shown at Alec Hunter Academy on Monday 4th February. Tickets available from Eventbright.co.uk.