Criminal exploitation

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Are you being forced to commit any criminal acts?

Criminal Exploitation through forcing children or adults to commit criminal acts

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. The exploiter can be part of a criminal network, but could also be a family member of the victim. 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.

You may be a victim of this type of exploitation if you are being forced:

  • to rob people or pick their pockets, and are subsequently made to surrender the spoils;
  • to beg, and are subsequently made to surrender the spoils;
  • to burgle and/or steal, and are subsequently made to surrender the spoils.

Information for potential victims

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