Young people are uniquely vulnerable to exploitation
Predatory individuals will target people who are down on their luck and try to exploit them. Young adults who have recently become homeless or left the care system are particularly at risk.
You should seek free, reliable and confidential help if you or someone you know has:
- Been given drugs or alcohol as ‘payment’ for doing what someone else says
- Received a gift you are later asked to pay back through money or favours
- Been asked to pay back a debt with favours or uncontracted work
- Received threats or violence for not doing what someone asks you to do
- Been emotionally guilt-tripped into making money for someone who has previously helped you in a crisis
- Been forced to withdraw benefits for someone else
- Paid a cut of your Universal Credit into someone else’s account
- Had private photos used as a form of blackmail
- Been pressured to do what another person asks
Exploitation takes many forms. You need to seek help if someone pressures you to:
If you’re struggling financially, emotionally or mentally, know that there is always free, confidential support available that does not involved exploitation. Not only can you get help developing new skills and confidence, you can work to address your problems and get things back on track.