It’s called extortion. Extortion is a form of corruption in which someone, usually a government official, uses their authority to try to illegally compel another person to give them money, property, or other favors in exchange for a benefit.
What are some of the out of the box ways of eliminating extortion?
- Increase government transparency: Increased government transparency can help decrease corruption and extortion by exposing potential misconduct and providing better oversight. For example, governments can institute an Open Data Policy.
- Increase public and employee awareness: Educating citizens and government employees about the risks associated with bribery and extortion.
- Accountability mechanisms: Establishing mechanisms that promote accountability and review of government officials and contractors can help identify and address fraudulent activities.
- Strengthen penalties for bribery and extortion: Imposing harsher punishments for bribery and extortion can help to further discourage such practices.
- Implement policies that support integrity: Establishing policies and procedures that promote ethical practices, such as whistleblower protection, can help reduce potential misconduct.