Have you ever seen pictures of poor sick children in advertisements and wondered if they were being used for someone's profit? If this is the case, call it exploitation.

When you’re talking about natural resources or knowledge rather than people, exploitation meaning "the fullest most profitable use of something" is not a bad thing. The exploitation of recycled materials can only be beneficial to our pollution problems. When people suffer under exploitation, however, it means their misfortune is being used for another's profit. Child labor, sweatshop work and debt slavery are all forms of exploitation.

Definitions of exploitation
  1. noun
    an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
    “capitalistic exploitation of the working class”
    synonyms: using, victimisation, victimization
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    the exploitation of black people (especially with regard to stereotyped roles in movies)
    the commercial exploitation of sex or sexuality or explicit sexual material
    exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country
    control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures
    type of:
    the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
  2. noun
    the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
    “the exploitation of copper deposits”
    synonyms: development
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    land development
    making an area of land more useful
    water development, water program, water project
    making an area of water more useful
    overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization
    exploitation to the point of diminishing returns
    capitalisation, capitalization
    the act of capitalizing on an opportunity
    commercialisation, commercialization
    the act of commercializing something; involving something in commerce
    the act of providing electricity
    unitisation, unitization
    the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies
    type of:
    employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization
    the act of using
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