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Exploitation and AEMRAC

Last updated: 21/12/2022


Exploitation is the deliberate manipulation or abuse of power used to have control over another person, usually for some form of gain. This can be for a range of reasons including personal, financial or sexual.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse that involves someone taking advantage of an adult or child, sexually, for their own benefit through threats, bribes, and violence. Exploiters usually hold power over their victims, due to age, gender, sexual identity, physical strength or status. The person being exploited may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact – it can also occur with technology.

Criminal Exploitation 

Criminal Exploitation occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a Child or Adult into any criminal activity [a] in exchange for something the person exploited needs or wants and/or [b] for the financial or other advantage of the exploiter or facilitator and/or [c] through violence of the threat of violence. 

If you think that someone is taking advantage of you or someone you know:

  • Tell someone you trust, such as a family member, a doctor or the police.
  • Do not tell the person who may be exploiting you by appearing to be a friend. 

Modern Day Slavery 

Modern day slavery can take many forms including trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery.  Any consent people being exploited have given to their treatment will be irrelevant where they have been coerced, deceived or provided with payment or benefit to achieve that consent.

40 million people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery worldwide (Anti Slavery 2020)

  • 1 in 4 of them are children.
  • Almost three quarters (71%) are women and girls.
  • Over 10,000 were identified as potential people being exploited by the authorities in the UK in 2019.

To find out more information about Modern Slavery please visit

Adult Exploitation Sub Group 

At the Annual Safeguarding Conference held in February 2020 Exploitation was raised as one of the main priorities, but due to the unprecedented circumstances of Covid-19, there is a need to delve further minimising the risk of radicalisation for adults. 

Download our presentation to find out more about Adult Exploitation 

Download the Group Action Plan here 

Download the group's TOR here 

Since formally launching the Adult Exploitation subgroup after National Adult Safeguarding Week in November 2021, the group has been able to formally adapt an action plan to capture the objectives aimed to be achieved for the forthcoming year. Despite a slow start, the group has re-aligned its membership and has widened its focus around Exploitation by developing AEMRAC – The Adult Exploitation Multi- Agency Risk Assessment Conference.


The role of the AEMRAC is to provide a coordinated approach to adult exploitation, by promoting information sharing and partnership working between agencies to ensure that the risks to adults who are being exploited or who are at risk of exploitation are reduced and mitigated. The AEMRAC is a formal arrangement within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Safeguarding Partnership but will report to the Community Safety Partnership and other bodies as appropriate on the outcomes of its work.

The group has created a referral pathway mechanism which allows partners to follow a procedure to refer cases using the Indicator and Analysis tool.

Download the TOR for AEMRAC here 

Download the Indicator and analysis tool to make a referral 


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