This March 2017 report from Global Financial Integrity, “Transnational Crime and the Developing World,” finds that globally the business of transnational crime is valued at an average of $1.6 trillion to $2.2 trillion annually. The study evaluates the overall size of criminal markets in 11 categories: the trafficking of drugs, arms, humans, human organs, and cultural property; counterfeiting, illegal wildlife crime, illegal fishing, illegal logging, illegal mining, and crude oil theft.
The combination of high profits and low risks for perpetrators of transnational crime and the support of a global shadow financial system perpetuate and drive these abuses. The report also emphasizes how transnational crime undermines economies, societies, and governments in developing countries. National and global policy efforts that focus on curtailing the money are needed to more successfully combat these crimes and the illicit networks perpetrating them. Continuar leyendo →
Andrei Kozyrev, Distinguished Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Former Foreign Minister, Russian Federation; Arkady Ostrovsky, Russia and Eastern Europe Editor, The Economist. Moderated by Cécile Shea, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Security and Diplomacy.
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