Extortion

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Extortion

An illegal act in which one coerces another into providing money or something else of value. For example, one may extort money from a business by threat of force. Extortion historically has been common in organized crime.
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Nor can they easily avoid either the police or the gangs and their standover thugs collecting 'taxes' to pay for protection (Dovey and Polakit, 2010; King, 2011).
Tension is expertly sustained throughout, reaching palpable levels whenever the volatile leaders of the rival militia (Chris Chalk, Kevin Mambo) are oustage, using their standover tactics to spread fear like a virus among the women.
The Howard government and its political standover men like Tony Abbott will not bully nurses out of fighting for their rights at work,' she said.
There is no evidence from the European literature that there are standover tactics or drug dealing on premises.