Criminal exploitation

Exploitation through forced criminal acts f.e. forced begging or stealing

Forcing an individual to commit criminal acts or to beg is a form of human trafficking. For this reason, it is vital to be aware of potential coercion in begging and criminal activities.

Forced begging or stealing by children or adults is a relatively unknown form of exploitation. Prime examples include pickpocketing, shoplifting or snatching money from people at the cash dispenser. Any spoils collected are subsequently surrendered to the exploiter, who has a hold over the victim; for example, because they have their passport in their possession or are exercising pressure in any other way.

Someone may be a victim of this type of exploitation if they are being forced to rob or pickpocket people, to beg, to burgle and/or steal, and are subsequently made to surrender the spoils.