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Joan Ryan MP urges Government to implement national strategy to tackle county lines drug trade

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Joan Ryan MP has called for a national, coordinated strategy to tackle the violent drug trade.

I led a major debate in Parliament on ‘County Lines Exploitation in London’ and raised concerns about London gangs and criminal networks who are flooding suburban and rural areas with drugs, co-ordinating their sale through dedicated mobile phone lines, in a practice known as ‘county lines’ activity.

Vulnerable children as young as 12 are being groomed by 'county lines' gangs in London and across the UK, with promises of money, companionship and respect. But in reality, they are often being trafficked to remote areas and forced to deal drugs in squalid conditions. These are cases of modern day slavery.

I am urging the Government to implement a national strategy to tackle the exploitation of vulnerable children, young people and adults in the county lines drug trade.

Watch my speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp4JMEkMT1o

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