What Leads to Extortion
The act of extortion occurs when a person obtains property, money, or some other valuable asset from another person by using threats to scare the
person into handing over the assets. Demanding some form of payment in return for not carrying out a threat is extortion. Any threat created to scare
another person into taking actions to avoid the threat is a form of extortion.
Extortion includes threats of physical harm, murder, or abduction. One example of a situation that may lead to extortion is the classic mafia example.
The mafia is notorious for using extortion as a way they maintain dominance throughout the community where they exist. Many business owners are
approached by men who offer some sort of protection in exchange for payment. Many times, the business owners respond with no interest in the offer,
and this upsets the mafia. When the business owners turn down the offer of protection in exchange for payments, many times the mafia is known to
make threats. The men from the mafia have been known to threaten business owners who do not buy the mafia's protection. The threats consist of
injury and destruction of the business if the owner does not accept the mafia as its protection service. These threats directed towards the business
owner are a form of extortion. Threatening a business owner with injury or destruction if they do not accept the mafia's protection is a crime that mob
bosses are tried for time and again.
Another classic example of a situation that leads to extortion is when a person is kidnapped and held hostage for ransom. Many times, kidnappers will
contact the relatives of the kidnapped person, and request that money be exchanged for the safety and well being of the hostage. These threats to
harm the hostage if payments are not made are another example of extortion
Also, any forms of coercion or intimidation to incite some action of payment is also considered extortion. Blackmail is another form of extortion that is
not tolerated by law. Threatening to ruin someone's rep