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The reality is that drug-related harm has a devastating impact to victims, families and the wider community.
Our focus is on preventing the exploitation of vulnerable people and children by organised crime groups (OCGs), to disrupt county line activity and reduce drug related violence.
Working closely with support services and agencies is vital when tackling drug related harm.
Project ADDER is a government initiative to tackle drug related issues in Hastings, which stands for Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery.
It sees us working in partnership with East Sussex County Council and health services to target local gang leaders driving the drugs trade while better helping people to recover from addictions.
Since 2014, It’s a Penalty has been working to prevent abuse, exploitation and human trafficking worldwide. They are one of many organisations who, through education, awareness- raising, advocacy, collaboration and partnership with strategic stakeholders, aim to eradicate abuse, exploitation and human trafficking, creating a world where it is no longer acceptable.
In partnership with Sussex Police, It’s a Penalty has created an informative film on county lines in the UK - a complex crime that is often misunderstood. The film outlines what county lines is, how young people become exploited by organised crime networks and the difficulties they face once they have been targeted.