The practice of extorting money or other property by the use of force or threats. (noun)
Examples of word extortion
Their pertinacity in extortion is said to be marvellous.
But Jean-Philippe Chauzy, a spokesman for the IOM, said interviews with 14 Libyan migrants reaching Lampedusa on three vessels over the weekend confirmed a pattern of payments to officials, which he characterized as extortion.
He claimed his former employee try to blackmail him and said he paid her what he called extortion money and was afraid to go to authorities.
In addition to drug trafficking, authorities say, the Zetas are involved in extortion, kidnapping, producing pirated CDs and DVDs, sales of alcohol and migrant smuggling.
For them the threat of kidnapping and extortion is what concerns them the most and, I would argue, this phenomenon is ubiquitous throughout the Republic.