What is exploitation?

Exploitation is the deliberate maltreatment, manipulation or abuse of power and control over another person. It is taking advantage of another person or situation usually, but not always, for personal gain. Exploitation comes in many forms, including: slavery. being controlled by a person or a group.

What is cuckooing?

Cuckooing is when organised criminals take over the home of a vulnerable person for criminal activities, such as drug dealing, making or cooking drugs, storing weapons and stolen goods.

Example of cuckooing - People who choose to exploit will often target the most vulnerable in society. They establish a relationship with the vulnerable person to access their home usually by offering them drugs or lending them money at extortionate rates that they can’t afford to  pay back.

Ways to report exploitation and cuckooing