Drugs: Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of (a) Uber and (b) Airbnb on the county lines drug trade.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We recognise the value and opportunity presented by workers in those services used by county lines drug dealers to identify perpetrators and potential victims who are being used to move, store or deal drugs. This includes those in the transport and accommodation sectors.

Home Office officials have ongoing engagement with both representatives of Über and Airbnb in order to highlight county lines exploitation to their drivers and hosts respectively. We are also delivering a communications campaign to raise awareness within the wider transport sector and community.

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