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Criminal Exploitation

Criminal Exploitation

Criminal exploitation is a form of modern slavery that sees victims being coerced, controlled, manipulated or deceived to work under the control of criminals in activities such as forced begging, shoplifting and pickpocketing, cannabis cultivation, drug dealing, bag snatching, selling counterfeit goods, ATM theft and financial exploitation.

This also encompasses social welfare fraud, which takes place when exploiters falsely apply for tax credits and other welfare benefits using the victims’ details. There is often horrific abuse used against the individual in order to coerce them into falsely applying for benefits.